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Tips on Flowers and Floral Arrangements

Make Your Own Floral Water Preservative
Try this home made recipe for a floral preservative. For an average-sized vase mix 2 tablespoons of vinegar and 1 tablespoon of sugar with the water. Mix thoroughly. The vinegar will slow the growth of the scum that develops on the surface of the water. The sugar will feed the flowers. You can also use a lemon-lime soda mixed into equal parts with water for a preservative. The sugar will feed the flowers, and the acid in the lemon-lime will help prevent bacteria from forming.

===> Lehigh Valley Florists – Flower Tips

Travel Tips
Stencil Your Luggage!
Forget the ribbons or tape around the handles of our luggage, many other people have the same idea and they are hard to pick out. Purchased a stencil and a small pot of stencil paint from your local hardware store and stencil every piece of your luggage with the same design. On our last cruise, our various pieces stood out from all the others. The chance that anyone else will have the exact same design in the exact same colors is remote.
Cruises are your best travel value! Save $1,000 or more compared to a land vacation!

===> Pet Care

Many pets are above their ideal weight and the majority of research shows that being overweight can shorten the lives of your precious pets.

The causes of weight gain can be overfeeding, feeding too many table scraps and treats, lack of exercise, and age (older, less active pets are prone to weight gain).

Weight loss will improve your pet’s appearance and health as well as his enjoyment and length of life:

• Feed a low-calorie high-fiber food formulated for weight reduction.
• Divide the total amount of food to be fed each day into 3 or 4 smaller meals.
• Exercise your pet regularly if recommended by your veterinarian.
• Take good care of your pet and enjoy the love in return.

General Guideline to help with your next move

8 weeks before moving:
• Get estimates from about three professional movers.
• Draw a floor plan of your new home indicating where to place the furniture in each room.
• Decide which furniture you want to move, dispose of or just replace.
• Give the Chamber of Commerce a call for a new resident “information packet.”

6 weeks before moving:
• Inventory all your possessions and decide what to move, sell, or donate to charity.
• Complete the US Postal change of address forms and mail to stores and anyone else who may need to know your new address.
• Obtain copies of all medical, legal, and accounting records.
• Arrange for record transfers between schools on both ends of the move.
• Ask your tax advisor to review your potential moving related tax deductions and potential tax liability.
• Itemize moving related costs with mover including packing, loading, special charges, insurance, etc.

4 weeks before moving:
• Repair, reupholster, or clean furniture, drapes, carpeting as necessary.
• Have a garage sale to dispose of unneeded furniture, accessories, clothes, etc.
• If a professional mover is packing your goods, schedule packing day(s) one or two days before the move.
• If you move yourself, get adequate boxes, packing materials and tape.
• Get short-term or long-term storage if you will need it.
• Make travel arrangements for pets, including necessary medical records, immunizations, etc.

3 weeks before moving:
• Assemble sufficient supply of packing materials, equipment.
• Pack items you won’t use immediately or that will go into storage.
• Contact utilities on both ends of the move, order termination or turn-on for occupancy date.
• Confirm final travel arrangements for family and pets.

2 weeks before moving:
• Prepare you car for trip to new home. Check tires and have the car serviced before the move.
• Cancel newspaper and other delivery services.
• Confirm your new bank accounts.
• Schedule an appliance service firm for moving day to prepare major appliances for the move.

1 weeks before moving:
• Gather your important papers, records, valuables, for protected shipment to new home or safe deposit box.
• Notify friends and neighbors of your new address, and phone.
• Make plans for young children to be cared for on moving day.
• Fill any necessary prescriptions, medications needed for the next two weeks.

Moving week:
• Defrost refrigerator and freezer. Give away all food in both units.
• Plan simple meals for moving day (or take out food) to avoid using the refrigerator.
• Pick up cash for your trip and a certified check for the mover’s invoice.
• Pack items you need to take with you including valuables, financial records, personal papers.
• Pack signed bill of lading and inventory where they can be easily reached at your destination.
• Mark LAST BOX PACKED – FIRST BOX TO UNPACK containing tools, flashlights, etc.
• Give the mover a telephone number and address where you can be reached in your new town.

Heating Tips
Winter Energy Savings Tips

• Try to minimize the number of times that you open your doors to the outside weather.

• When not using the chimney, remember to shut the flue.

• Insulate walls and attic areas properly. Batts of insulation added to your attic is an easy do-it yourself project.

• Lowering your thermostat by 1 degree F. will reduce your heating bill by 2%. Maintaining 68 degrees is an average daily temperature, with lower temperatures at nighttime. Also, lower the thermostat if you will not be home during the daytime hours.

• Use ceiling fans set at slow speed to push the warm air away from the ceiling and move it around your rooms. Everyone will feel the warmth and be more comfortable!

• Try to use the sun when it is out! Open windows on southern and eastern exposures throughout the daytime hours. Remember to close shades before sun sets to keep the heat in the house.

Just a couple of tips that I picked up along the way trying to get those great shoots with my various digital camers. Give them a try if you are not doing them already.

1. Shoot at High Quality
You can squeeze more photographs on to your memory card by adjusting the image quality. I like a lower quality setting which applies higher amounts of JPEG compression. Most cameras let you select from several compression settings. Kodak uses the terms Best, Better, and Good, and Fuji uses the terms Fine, Normal, and Basic. Epson, for example, uses a series of stars. Whenever possible, stick with the highest quality setting. If you really need to squeeze more images onto a nearly full card, switch to the second highest setting. I would not go any lower than that however, your pictures will suffer.

2. Get in Close
My brother in law takes terrible pictures. He always step back too far when he is taking the shots. Pixels are scarce in digital photography so you need to devote as many pixels to the photographic subject that you are shoting. When photographing individuals turn on the LCD and close in until that person fills up much of the screen.

3. Shoot Outside in Indirect Light
Most digital cameras offer built-in flashes, but they are not very good. If you shoot at night or in a dimly lit room, a subject that is just a few feet away will appear as a luminous image against a pitch black background. Best results are achieved by shooting outside or in a naturally lit room during the day. Some cloud cover or tree shadow often helps to soften the harsh color transitions you get in direct sunlight.