If you have neighbors that won’t keep up their property don’t get angry and insult them. Try discussing the issue with them. If the problem is ongoing, perhaps you could ask them over for the game; have some beer and snacks on hand. If you have a view of their yard from the viewing area and they can see what you see, maybe they will come around and see your point of view. Perhaps you could even ask them while you’re having that second beer if they would like a referral for some lawn service. A word of caution, don’t do what I did and offer to clean up their yard or clean the sidewalk of snow or ice when you do yours. You don’t want their lawn to become your problem as this could lead to you having resentful feelings about them in the long term.
Above all, remain deligent and try to stay on good terms with your neighbors – even if it’s just to say hello from time to time. You might also try raking up the leaves together or have their kids over to play with the cat. You never know when you might need that neighbor for a small favor, or maybe in reference to a job. These days when a background check is done, neighbors are generally questioned as to your character. So be a good neighbor and try to keep a watch on the lawn front.
An excellent source of Vitamin C, cranberries also provide fiber and have antioxidant phytonutrients that promotes a healthier heart. So, why not try this delicious holiday cranberry sauce as your dessert this year?
- 1 12 oz. package of Dole fresh cranberries
- 1 cup of water
- 1 cup of sugar or your favorite Sweetener
- Combine water, sugar and fresh cranberries in saucepan,
- Heat to boiling in open saucepan
- Once boiling began, continues cooking over medium heat for 12 minutes. Stir occasionally.
- Cool to desired temperature, cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
This recipe serves 10. If you would like more, the ingredients can be double or even triple for more servings. Enjoy!
If you want cure those bald spot or that bald scalp of yours and grow thick, strong and healthy hair now you can. Perhaps you’ve been bald for years or even decades with no hope of ever having hair again, but now there is product that will grow your hair back. Organic Raw unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar “with the mother” (ACV) is that product, a true remedy and you can most likely find it at your favorite health food or grocery store in both 32 and 16 oz. bottles; unpasteurized and gluten free. Buy a bottle – shake it well and fill a spray water bottle for better use.
After shampooing with your favorite shampoo, rinse your hair well and towel dry. Then using a spray bottle filled with the Organic raw unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar -“with the mother” (ACV) spray it into your hair well and massage into the scalp thoroughly. Leave in about 15-20 minutes then rinse out. Rinse well, no further conditioner is necessary. Comb out and style hair as usually. Repeat the process during your daily or weekly shampoos. In approximately three weeks you will notice hair follicles in spots that were previously bald. In six to eight weeks you should notice new healthy hair growing in those places where you never thought you would see hair again. Take care of your hair and continue to use the Organic raw unfiltered ACV until your hair reaches the desired length.
Organic raw unfiltered ACV penetrates deep into your scalp while reinforcing the hair follicles out to the tips helping to protect against breakage while the new hair grown. Your new hair growth will be strong and healthy with a glowing shine as the apple cider vinegar is filled with nutrients that balance the pH of your scalp. The ACV will help remove dead skin that have been clogging the hair follicles and retarding hair growth. It is most effective because it contains several beneficial acids and nutrients necessary to grow and maintain healthy hair.
Raw organic unfiltered apple cider vinegar has been used for centuries as a hair product because its acidity is so close to that of natural hair. It can also be used as a scalp cleanser, conditioner and germ killer.
Terry Finnerty said in so many words that “life isn’t easy.” This is definitely something to think about. Did you realize that those people you know and think are the strongest are usually more sensitive than others? Did you know that the individuals who show the most kindness are the ones likely to be mistreated? Did you know that people who take care of others faithfully are usually the ones who need caring for the most? Did you know the three hardest things to say are: help me, I’m sorry, and I love you? It’s important to keep in mind that just because a person looks happy doesn’t mean that they are. We have to remember to look past the smiles just to see how much pain a person is really in at times. To everyone who is going through an issue at this time, why not start an intentional avalanche? We should all be positive right now and be understanding; I understand. I am asking all my friends wherever you are to copy and paste this for one hour to give a moment of support to all those family and friends who have problems, health conditions, job related issues, or worries of any kind who just need to know that somebody cares. Do it for all of us – no one is immune; bad things happens every day and they could happen to any one of us on a moment’s notice. For moral support, I hope to see this on the walls of all my Facebook friends and I know some of you will. I did it for a friend and you can too.
It’s a very uncertain world that we live in and that is why it’s more important than ever to take stock of your real estate, investments, retirement plan, insurances and business interests and make a Will. In case the unexpected happens, do you have a Will? Today everyone needs a Will; it not something just for the wealthy anymore. No matter how small you may think your net worth, it’s still important to have a Will. A basic estate plan will let everyone know how you want your property or other assets distributed upon your demise. This is how a Trust Attorney could prove useful to you. If you die without a Will it could be very costly to your family, even if you feel you only have meager holdings like your savings, car, clothing, furniture, etc. Who do you want to inherit what you do have? Now is the time to consider this and the individual you would trust to handle your affairs.
Have a plan, decide what you want to give and to whom. Who do you want to handle your affairs? Make a Will, name your beneficiaries. Then ensure that you discuss it with family and friends. If you do this, there will be less disappointment and disagreement later. Don’t make the mistake of hiding the little or lot that you do have in a drawer or metal box that nobody can open – that would be disastrous. See an attorney – get things done right.
In case of a medical emergency or if you become incapacitated these are also questions that need to be answered. If you don’t have the answers discuss them with your family or a professional. Make a plan and carry it out – sign a Will. If you are clear about your intentions now it will prevent conflict later. The advantage of doing this today is that you can name the people you want to give your belongings and assets to. Your wishes will be carried out by ‘words of law’ and you can arrange it so that taxes won’t eat up the majority of your assets. You will also have the satisfaction of knowing that your affairs are in order and that your family won’t experience a nightmare when you are gone.
Get your mom a plastic spoon to eat her chocolate ice cream and other special treats. She will definitely thank you for it when it comes time to do the dishes. Even if it is a takeout dish from one of those fast food places those plastic utensils always come in handy. They are everywhere today and easy to use, but in most cases shouldn’t be recycled. Oh, I know it is tempting to wash them and reuse in the home, but this isn’t wise. Plastic spoons and other such utensils were made to be used only once. The plastic they are made from degrade upon each washing and could eventually make you or a family member ill. So play it safe – get your mom those plastic spoons for those special fast food occasions but then discard them after that first use. If you really insist on having throw-a ways, a better idea would be to get some disposable plastic cutlery – the kind that has reusable utensils. Disposable plastic cutlery is something that is used worldwide by both businesses and restaurants. Unfortunately, the bad news is that even these have to be discarded after only a few uses since they waste a lot of manpower and resources.
Great news from Steve Mencher: Now there is a tracking App that can help you keep track of your stuff. Tags are available that you can attach to your keys or other stuff that have a tendency to vanish. You can now track your missing items with an app on your smartphone. “The tags send a signal within a range up to 150 feet, using Bluetooth Low Energy technology. Your phone is always “listening” for it. Some tags beep, buzz or blink when you mark an item “lost” from your phone.” If you’re out of range or if your stuff happens to be lost or stolen you can mark it on the App, someone else’s phone that has the App will detect the item(s) and ping with its location.
These tags can be place on most anything that you have a tendency to lose. Here’s an example: You leave your keys or purse in the lady’s room at the office. You’re out of range, but a colleague with the App finds it on the counter or just passes by it. A signal is sent via the cloud and down to your phone giving you’re the GPS coordinates of your missing keys or purse.
The more people who have the same App on their smartphone the quicker you’ll recover your missing item.
Exercise is the best thing you can do for your body and mind; physicians, psychologists and neuroscientists all agree on this. If you want to be physically fit, retain cognitive thinking and body muscle mass well into your 70’s and beyond – keep moving! You might live to be 100. But, don’t be fooled, real exercise is when you work up a sweat while moving around. Anything that you do repetitiously is a form of exercise. Exercise is a must for your body and you want to ensure that all of your joints are being exercised. Exercise can improve your balance, make you stronger and – improve your reaction time in desperate situations especially on a work day. It can also help you lower blood pressure, fight off dementia, avoid a stroke or heart attack while boosting your immune system.
Studies show that exercise and playing games in today’s environment lessen stress and can have a positive effect on an individual’s psychological health. It’s no wonder because the majority of the games today require players to follow rules, do tactical thinking and make quick decisions while fulfilling a number of objectives in order to win. Arthur Kramer, a psychology professor from the University of Illinois recently discovered from a study that he conducted that some video games actually improve short term memory and problem solving abilities while reducing stress. This was especially true in a group of individuals he followed as they aged over a period of 15 years. So whether you are young, old or somewhere in between the advice is to keep moving and playing those games; it will pay off!
And then there is Cocoa – drinking two cups a day causes increase blood flow resulting in a sharper and healthy brain, and a younger you.
Some of us may be finding it difficult coping these days with the ongoing government shutdown. Our lives are complicated enough, but with the shutdown it will be even more difficult to survive in a world where the basic costs of everyday necessities seems to be skyrocketing daily. Already faced with the worst job market in several decades the current stalemate isn’t making things any easier. Most of us have a recent graduate living at home with us or some other family member who hasn’t panic. About 25% of these young people - recent graduates have taken lower paying jobs which undermine their intelligence and education; yet that low paying job is possibly their greatest asset at this point.
If you are surviving without a regular paycheck it will be hard during this period, but don’t panic. If you can get a part time job it could be a life saver even at minimum wage. It could help to cover basic living expenses like rent and food. You might also want to take inventory of your current resources. Do you have money set aside for a rainy day? If so, this might be the time to tap into that Certificate of Deposit or Money Market Fund. These could help you survive the current crisis. We all have debt and bills to pay, but prioritizing them and making the least payment possible could help get us over the hump.
Seems there are a lot of yard sales in my neighborhood these days so I am not to sure which yard to hit first. For all practical purposes, research now show that moving sales are better than the rest since those folks having them are likely to be getting rid of items that are fairly new and don’t have a lot of wear and tear. These people usually want to reduce waste and make some ‘moving money’ at the same time.
I’ve been told that if I am looking for antiques or collectibles, then it would probably be best to stick to the yard sales in more developed or older neighborhoods. Most experts will agree on this and if I am planning to visit a lot of sales during a one day trip, YardSaleSearch.com or the Garage Sale Rover app will map out the most time-efficient route. One thing, I don’t want to happen after I get home with a sales purchase is to find out that the new table or dresser is too wide and won’t fit into the space that I thought it would. So I plan to measure spaces carefully before I go out. Maybe, I will even place a tape measure in my purse. Of course, I am not expecting to find any fine art or original painting in my neighbor’s yard, but perhaps I might find some picture frames that can be of some value.