Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Bad weather and torrential rains lead to several deaths

We have had wave after wave of rain and storms. I think it is more rain than I have ever seen in such a short time. I heard on the news this morning that 11 people have died in our state in the last 2 days from the bad weather. There has been torrential rains, flooding, tornadoes, large hail, strong winds, and it just keeps coming. One of the guys I work with said that his wife couldn't even get home and had to stay in town overnight. Even the highways were flooded and impassable. The weather forecast is finally giving some good weather and sunshine for the next 2 days, but then the rain is supposed to return. A couple of weeks ago a local lake was so low that one of the water treatment plants had to be shut down. Now the lake is in flood stage and they have the flood gates open and are generating electricity with a vengeance.

There are always some tragedies involved when natural disasters hit. A few years ago a lady drove her car into a stream and the flood waters suddenly struck, drowning out the car. She tried to lead her two small children to safety, only to have them ripped from  her hands and swept away. They were both lost. This time an old couple from hear here drove into flood waters and were both drowned. So tragic and un-necessary, but its easy to make a bad judgement. Hopefully the bad weather is nearly over and there will be no more deaths.

High quality medical scrubs, with style

One of my secret dreams was to someday become involved in some type of medical work. I never had the time to take the training, so that dream will probably never be realized. One of my sisters did make it; she has been a scrub nurse for many years and worked in open heart surgery for a long time, before moving from the big city to a smaller town. The medical field is an excellent choice for a career because it is something that will always be needed. I can't imagine a time when technology can replace doctors and nurses with machines.

It is necessary to have proper attire for any job that you do, and nursing is no different. If you are looking to buy nursing scrubs I have some good news for you. You need to check out Blue Sky Scrubs at They sell the highest quality scrubs at very reasonable prices, and you will get free shipping on orders of $155 or more. There is no risk involved because returns and exchanges are free. All products are extensively tested and checked to make sure they meet rigid standards.

Check out Blue Sky Scrubs, and while you are on their site be sure to sign up for free E-mail discounts and updates. They have a toll free number if you would like to place an order or get more information. Take a look and get ready to escape the mundane world of traditional medical wear. Its time to get in style!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Chimney caps are made to fit most any size and shape of flue

Life here in the country is great! We have so much more freedom, and the people are much nicer than you are likely to find in more populated areas. Our property here is wooded and we love it, not only for the peace and quiet, but also we have enough firewood to last us forever. We don't heat with wood at the present time, but we do have a wood burning fireplace, and in years past I installed another chimney so we have the option of installing a wood burning stove if we someday decide too. Both of our chimneys are metal that go up through the roof and have  chimney caps on top to keep the rain out.

Chimney caps are something that most people take for granted, but there are literally hundreds of different styles and sizes. Getting one that will fit properly to keep bad weather out, but let smoke escape freely is of vital importance to keep your chimney working well. A wood burning stove or fireplace is safe if properly installed and operated.

Chimneys are made of several different materials, such as stainless or galvanized metal, brick, or stone. They can be of different shapes such as round or oval. Luckily there are chimney caps and other accessories made to fit just about any configuration you can think of. In our failing economy and rising fuel prices, I am glad that we have the option of heating for free with wood. It is one less thing to worry about.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Computer games are fun for the whole family

My wife is addicted to online gaming. Personally my favorite computer game is Bejeweled. If you have never played it, you don't know what you are missing. It's just one of the many games you will find at They have games for both Windows and Mac. Some are games that you can download, and some are games that you can play online. is a pretty neat site. They have games for both adults and kids. They make it easy to find new games, and top 100 games, as well as the older tried and true games. Speaking of Bejeweled, they have several versions, so if you are looking for the latest one, look no further.

Computer games can be fun for one or for many. They are a good way to have quality family time. No matter whether you are into action games, brain games, word games, etc; you will likely find them at There are many games that you can try for free so you have nothing to lose, and everything to gain. Check them out!

Full moon, and I’m so sleepy!

There is a full moon again, and once more my mind is slow and sleepy. For some reason during a full moon, I don’t usually sleep well, and I am certainly not in top form. Luckily things went pretty well at work, in spite of my sluggishness. I am sitting here right now fighting against the need to take a nap. Today is warm, with a breeze. Its so quiet here where we live, and my wife is playing a game on the computer. Maybe I could just doze off for a few minutes without her noticing. Think I’ll give it a try, zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…………

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Joey Houssian says he takes full moral responsibility for his company

Joey Houssian is the representative of Outdoor Adventures, the company that is accused of killing 100 sled dogs when their dog sled ride business took a turn for the worse. He defends their position by pointing out discrepancies in the reports filed by the employee who allegedly killed the dogs. The case is still under investigation, but Houssian says that he takes full moral responsibility for his companies actions. It will be interesting to watch further developments in this case. If the dogs were really killed, whose decision was it? How were they killed? Did anyone try to stop it? It is somewhat difficult to believe that any employee would perform a duty like that. In fact I can't think of a single person that I have personally worked with that would go to that extreme to keep their job. People everywhere are outraged at this act of cruelty, and rightly so, but I can't help but wonder if there may be more to this story than there presently appears to be. Time will tell.

Is Outdoor Adventures guilty, or innocent?

There was an interesting news article awhile back that told the story of how a company called Outdoor Adventures had allegedly killed 100 sled dogs after their dog sled ride business took a turn for the worse. The story, if true, seems to be one of heartless people murdering helpless animals that they no longer needed. The dogs were costly to keep and it is understandable that a company has to make a profit to stay in business, but not through murder. A representative of Outdoor Adventures will attend several media meetings to discuss what really happened, and why. The company contends that they had previously had no idea of the number of dogs killed, or how they were killed. Of course people all over the world are appalled at the callousness of the dog slayings. If you would like to read more about this, click on the link above and read the entire story.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Your company’s image is in its logo

Have you ever noticed how you can recognize many well known companies, just by their logo? A great logo will set a company apart and make them unique to their customers. We see many logo's every day; some are just run of the mill and we hardly notice them, but some make us stop and take notice. If you are the owner of a company, no doubt you want to have a logo that is just right for your business. You need the help of a professional.

I recommend Logo Mojo. In my opinion they are the best among logo designers. Their logo designs are all completely unique and custom designed, just for you. They have been in business since 1992 and have more than 45,000 satisfied customers to prove it. They will give you a personal consultation to find out what you want, and work closely with you from there.

Your company's logo will be the symbol of your brand and professional image. You want it done right the first time, because one chance is really all you will have. More than 60% of those who had their logo designed by non professionals wish they had another chance to get it right, by outsourcing it to a professional. A lot of small business owners use generic icons or do it yourself designs, and they often end up with logos that are exactly like those of  other businesses. There is nothing to set them apart, and when people see their logo, they may even mistakenly associate it with a different company; not good!

Logo Mojo has some of the most creative and talented designers, writers, marketers, etc in the business. They will provide you with 15 to 30 designs and you can choose which you like the best. They will do any changes you want, and make your logo exactly the way you want it. Remember that as your company becomes more successful, more and more people will associate it with the logo you choose. Pick one that you will be proud of later, and that will set your business apart from the pack.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Blanche got a bath, against her will

Our little dog likes to run in the woods, hunting and chasing anything that will run from her. She is a small dog so probably most animals that condescend to run, are only doing it to save Blanche’s pride. We noticed yesterday that Blanche had a terrible smell. She had evidently found something in the woods, perhaps a dead animal, and had spent some time with it. She smelled so bad that even my wife would not give her any love. We decided this morning to give her a bath so we hooked up the garden hose and Bebie got out the perfumed soap. Blanche didn’t enjoy the bath nearly as much as we did. I had to hold her collar tight to keep her from bolting. We got the job done and when we released her, she took off like a streak of lightening. It was funny because of course the first thing she did was to go roll in the dirt to get the water off her. She was cold so she started running and trying to play with us. She would look at us with a look that said “come on, lets rumble”! But when we got close to that garden hose, she wouldn’t come to us.


Blanche is a good little dog and seems like part of our family. She pouts just like a kid when we make her stay in her pen or scold her for something. Bebie, my wife, gave her a hot dog after the bath this morning so I think we are once again in her good graces.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Superfine Printing gives super fine results

Want to know how to make your next printing job a huge success? Its easy, just go to Superfine Printing on the web and let them do your printing for you. They are a commercial printing firm based in New York, and they have more than 30 years of experience, along with more satisfied customers than you could count. They have a lot of repeat business and the reason why is simple; they always do a good job. In the business world, it is of vital importance to have quality printing of your envelopes, brochures, and flyers. Superfine Printing will give you quality that is based on many years of experience and expertise.

Superfine Printing does  brochure printing, they do business cards, envelope printing, etc. You can get black and white copies or color copies. Do you need some neon stickers, memo pads, or letterheads? Superfine Printing provides all of that, and more. The job will be done fast and well. The prices are reasonable, and you can choose your choice of paper; such as land and linen paper, parchment paper, or hammermill white paper.

Superfine Printing is a leading producer of color and fine offset printing. They have satisfied customers nationwide. If you want your printing job done right the first time, and at an affordable price, you need to check out Superfine Printing and let them give you a quote. Your business will benefit from high quality printing. Imagine if you saw a brochure from a business that had low quality printing; you would think that their product was also low quality. On the other hand, when you see a high quality brochure that is printed correctly, you think that the product it advertises is also high quality. It is human nature to associate things such as this. Give your business the boost it deserves, give Superfine Printing a try today!

Now you can put physical gold into IRA accounts, and protect your future

Our economy is so uncertain that many people are worried about the security of our nation, and even the lasting value of our money. What can a person do to make sure that your savings retain their value? It's really pretty simple; do what many other investors are doing and start a gold IRA account. Gold has already become the top choice for people seeking an alternative for 401k, 403b, IRA, and Pension Plans.

Investors can now have IRA gold that is actually physical gold in their account. It no longer has to be based on paper or electronic money. Gold is something that has always kept its value in all the countries of the world.

Check out Gold Coins Gain online for more information about buying and investing gold. They buy and sell gold such as gold bullion, certified gold coins, and they sell other precious metals as well. There is probably no better investment in the world than gold, and if its in the form of collectible coins, so much the better. Let me give you an example of what gold can do for your future; $25,000 worth of gold bullion bought in the early 1970's and kept until today, would be worth a cool $525,000. The same investment in limited mintage investor gold coins would today be worth more than 1 1/3 million dollars!

If you would like to find out more about doing a gold IRA transfer and how to get in on the profits, be sure to go to Gold Coins Gain and let them help you find the way to future security.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Canning green beans, and shooting my new pellet rifle

Once again we are in the process of canning some food. This time its green beans. I got a good deal on some at the grocery store this evening and now my wife is preparing them for canning. We are slowly but surely getting a supply of food built up.

It’s weird how money doesn’t seem to buy anything lately. The high price of fuel has driven up the price of everything else. Every week we plan to take it a little easier on our grocery budget, but every week we fail. It seems to cost more and more each week to get by. I don’t see how people with low income can even afford to eat.

We got lucky at work this week. We were supposed to work Saturday and we were dreading it, but our boss called it off so now we have two days to rest up and catch up on our home chores. I am pretty tired and glad to get to sleep in tomorrow.

I had an escapade with my new pellet rifle yesterday evening. I was outside shooting it and couldn’t hit anything. I was surprised, because it is usually accurate. I shot until my arm was exhausted from cocking it, and still couldn’t hit anything. Finally out of disgust, I decided that I would remove the scope and see if I could hit the target better with open sights. That’s when I discovered that the scope was loose. The recoil of the gun had shaken the screws loose and that was why I couldn’t hit the target. By then I had the scope settings so messed up that it took me another thirty minutes to get it reset. The accuracy of that gun is not quite equal to a firearm, but the power is amazing. Cans don’t have a chance.

Everyone have a great weekend, enjoy this wonderful weather!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Shopping for the Season!

Guest post written by Alexa Davies

Now that I'm living in New York, I have to get used to weather that I am just not used to down south. My husband and I have had to do a lot of shopping to bulk up our wardrobes with clothing that is suitable for this kind of weatherÉI've had to buy several different kinds of boots for work, and I've definitely picked up more in the ways of long sleeved shirts and leggings! But who can complain about shopping? And even better: the cold weather situation has also given my husband an incentive to come shopping, which has been fun for me. I can never get the man to come along most days, ha!

Now that we are fully equipped to go out in the cold weat! her, we've noticed the house might need a little insulation, as well. The windows are pretty drafty, and it's also hard to keep the house warm. While we can shop for coats and boots, neither one of us are really knows what to do for the houseÉI think it might be in our advantage to look into Home Pro Improvement options or something rather. We'll see!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Get your carpet cleaned by the very best in the business

Some of the most expensive items in our home is our carpet and upholstery. That is why we need to have them professionally cleaned by a reputable company that will do it right and safely. So how do we choose the best company for the job? First of all, check out their references. If other customers are pleased with their work, you probably will be also. Find out how much experience they have, for obvious reasons. Find out which cleaning system they use, and finally see if they are willing to back up their work with a warranty. After all that is said and done, one company stands head and shoulders above the rest.  I recommend The Steam Team from Austin.

Do you need Carpet cleaning Mountain City? How about Carpet cleaning Bear Creek? If so give The Steam Team a call, or check them out on the net. They will give your carpet a professional cleaning, do spot pre-testing, spot stain removal, and carpet grooming. Their attention to detail is one of the many things that makes their service desirable.

The Steam Team does both residential and commercial carpet cleaning, and they are simply the best. If you need Carpet cleaning Bee Caves, Jonestown, Hutto, Hayes, Kyle, or any other place in the Austin area, be sure to give The Steam Team a try. Your carpet will thank you for it!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

We are learning to preserve food by canning

My wife and I are getting into something that we hope will help us with our food budget, and also give us healthier food to eat. We are learning to preserve food by canning. We picked up our new pressure canner yesterday at the department store and today is our first venture into that type of food preservation. We are canning chicken. It is fresh chicken, we processed them this moring. We are doing 7 chickens in all. Right now we are pressure cooking the chicken, and when that is finished we will remove the meat from the bones, put them into jars, and back into the cooker they will go for about 1 1/2 hours. If all goes well we will have healthy tasty chicken preserved, and they should last for a few years, if we don't eat them first.

My sister has been canning chicken, among other things, for many years. She gave us a couple of jars that she had processed and we made some chicken pot pie last week. It was scrumptious! The canned chicken is so much better than what you can buy at the store. We have too many live chickens and have been paying way too much money out for food for them. Now by processing some, we have lowered our feed bill, and got some healthy food in the deal.

My parents preserved a lot of food by canning. I grew up watching and helping, but I really never learned much except for how to wash the jars. It was a job that I hated back then, but now I am interested in learning more about the canning process. The way the world is going right now is scary and we want to have some insurance that we can make it if things keep getting worse. My wife and I plan to can lots of vegetables, and also things like brown beans, chili, stew, soup, etc. Then when we want some tasty food and don't feel up to cooking it, or if we are just in a hurry and want some tasty home cooked food, all we will have to do is open a jar and voila, the food is served! I will try to write a few more articles later as we learn more about the process. Now its back to watching the pressure canner to make sure the pressure is ok. Have a great weekend!

Paintball guns are adventurous fun

I just ordered something that I have been wanting for many years; a high powered pellet rifle. Now I have one more toy to get and I will have achieved my goal for future fun. My brother and I have wanted to get some paintball guns and play war games. I usually shop online, so I did some surfing to find who had paintball guns for sale at the best prices. Lo and behold, I found "Ultimate Paintball" and they have exactly what I want. They have paintball guns, masks, loaders, tanks, extra barrels, etc. All the best brands are there; BT, JT, Tippmann, Ninja, Spyder, and many more. I can't wait! My wife and I own some property that is wooded and has some bluffs and lots of cover. I can only imagine the fun we will have when my wife, brother, and I are stalking each other with our new paintball guns. The prices I found at Ultimate Paintball are obviously the lowest around, and as an added bonus, we will get free shipping.

If you are into war games like we are, and want to have some terrific fun without spending a fortune, check out Ultimate Paintball online. They also have paintball grenades, vests, and even sniper rifles. Spring is here and fun is in the air, let the games begin!