I was listening to my teens talking last week in our family living room. My two daughters were talking about a mutual friend of theirs. They were discussing that their female friend had met a guy across the country, but only online. Each day, they would use their Hotmail.com sign in to check for email from one another, and there, they would have long conversations with one another. One of my daughters asked, "Oh, you mean like pen pals?" My other daughter asked what that term meant. It was amusing to me that anyone today doesn't know what a pen pal is because it was a common term when I was growing up.
Back when I was in elementary school, there used to be a program that came on each day after school that I loved to watch. At the end of the program, the host would state that if you would like to meet people from around the people and become pen pals with them, all you had to do was send a letter to the host and he would personally hook you up with someone in another country. He also asked that you send him your age, sex and interests so that he could find someone like you from somewhere else for you to correspond with via mail.
I had two pen pals while growing up. One was a female from France, and the other one lived in Jordan. I loved hearing from them, and we wrote long letters. I was never sure if we would meet each other, but for the time being, I was just interested in getting letters and learning about them and helping them to learn about me. It took anywhere from a couple of weeks to a month for our letters to reach one another. But nowadays, we can talk to people so much easier.Discover A Lot More
My mom raised me after my father left when I was a small child. She has worked hard to make sure that I have the things that I have needed in life. She has told me how important it is to go to college, and I promised her that I would. She also said that she would help me pay for it, but I decided to try to do most of it on my own. I do a variety of things to make money, and one such way is by keeping up with scrap copper prices per pound and selling when the price is high. I also find other ways to keep bringing in money, too.
My mom still tries to find ways to help me pay my way through school. And I continue to try to find ways to tell her that I will be fine. The truth is that she has done so much for me already over the years. I really want to see her be able to just relax and start enjoying what little money she makes. For the longest time, she worked two jobs. It really took a toll on her, and she had to spend most of what she made on bills and getting buy. So, I'd rather just trying to make my own way, and she can put her money toward her retirement. She deserves that. And I hope that after I graduate, I can give back to mom financially as well.
Another thing that I do to make money is to mow lawns and do handyman work around where I live. We have a neighborhood email list where I advertise my services, and the neighbors keep me very busy. Almost too busy, because I often find myself feeling rushed when it comes to school. But I have no complaints because it is working out well.
My air conditioner is a lifeline for me in the summer months here in New York City. Even when the temperature is in the 70s, I like to turn it on because my house can become quite stuffy. When the temperatures are in the 80s or 90s, it becomes an absolute necessity. Well, I had to contact a company that does AC repair in NYC last month because my air conditioner was running but not putting out any cold air. I was thankful that the compressor was running, which indicated to me that there might just be a problem with the refrigerant level or even a leak.
I knew a few things to check, but I am really not extremely knowledgeable about how air conditioners work. I listened for any odd noises as well as any residue or debris that looked like it might be clogging the air conditioner. I was not able to find anything or hear anything though, which is why I decided to call the company that came out and fixed it. I knew that I could look at it for a month of Sundays and still not know what was wrong with it, so I just contacted them since they are the professionals.
When the technician came out, he was able to determine that it was just a simple problem with the refrigerant levels. He was able to recharge it, and it felt so blissfully cold after just a short period of time. It did not cost me very much money since it was such an easy fix, and it did not take a lot of time either. I am just so glad that it is fixed now that the weather is getting even warmer. I couldn't have went even a few hours without my air conditioner today!
We took a road trip. Our plan was to buy an RV and go traveling. We decided to stay in budget motels instead. We had a fabulous time over the winter and into the early summer. We were home for a couple of months when we had to call for bed bug removal in NYC. Somewhere on our trip staying at one of the budget motels we picked up the critters and brought them home with us. The experts in bed bugs said they probably came home in our luggage on our clothes. Is that creepy or what?
I was surprised to have bites after we were home and not while on the road. We actually were trying to be careful about that. We brought and washed our own linens. That is probably how they hitched a ride. We would put the dirty linens in a mesh laundry bag, stop at a laundromat, wash them and then put them on the bed at the next hotel. We had five sets so we did laundry once per week.
Now we had the critters in our own bed in our own home. The place that does bed bug removal in NYC assured us that they could eradicate them. However, even after the treatment looked to be a 100 percent success, we had a hard time sleeping in our bed. I would feel itchy just getting ready to go to sleep. We inspected each other's skin every morning looking for bites.
After none were found for a month or two, we began to relax. However, we did decide to buy a new mattress and box springs for our anniversary. Not that it will make any actual difference, but it will bring some peace of mind. We were due for a new bed anyway. At least that is what we are telling ourselves.
Just got a job with Henry County, the one in Georgia actually. I guess there are a good number of Henry counties. I know that there is one North of Winston Salem and Greensboro on the other side of the Virginia state line. I was not really looking for a new job, but I got this one out of the blue. A guy I used to work with got a big job here at the county and he hired me to fix this mess he has. I have spent the day looking at apartments in Stockbridge GA. I was looking at this one place, but then I got to thinking about the rail line right behind it and I found someone to ask about it. The apartment was about a hundred and fifty yards from a rail crossing and that is apparently where the trains blow their whistles long and hard every morning. I would not mind on the week days as much, but on Saturday and Sunday I am not going to want to have a train whistle wake me up with the sun rise.
The job pays a good bit better than the one I had, but the big thing is that it might lead some place. My buddy pointed out that my boss is 63 years old and the guy in line is just as old. Both of them have about thirty years in with the city and they are just bidiing their time until it is time to collect their pension. There are some other guys there, but they do not really look like anyone I should be scared of. It does not look like the county is wanting to have any of them take over the department. I need to show them that I have game though.Discover A Lot More
The grand opening of my museums is almost here, and I'm to excited to even sleep. The museum started with geotechnical services making the ground ready for the museum. The construction of it took months, but now it's nearly ready to open. The museum has multiple levels and even has a section that acts as a planetarium. The kids are really going to get a kick out the planetarium when the ceiling goes dark and the stars come out. This was always my favorite part when I went to the museum as a kid, that and the dinosaur bones on display.
I created the museum because I am a big fan of science. I've been fascinated with everything related to science since I was a little kid. I would always beg my parents to take me to the museum, even though I had been there many times. There was always something for me to learn about when I went there. The people who work at the museum even knew my name by heart. When I grew up, I moved to a different state and went to college there. I figured that the people in my new home would want to learn just as much about science as I did.
I plan on having a new exhibit in the museum every month. I'm going to get some well known guest speakers who have a scientific background to come to the museum and give a presentation. Hopefully the museum will be come known as a haven for science by everyone, and future generations will be inspired to become scientists and maybe even open their own museum. There is enough space for every city to have a museum The museum will go a long way to shape the world we live in and improve our lives.Discover A Lot More
Remember the cartoon icons used in the early days of the Internet? They still have a wide use and popularity. We just do not notice them as standing out against the high-resolution pictures and 4K video we are blasted with every day online. Plus, the new vector icons are much more tastefully and artfully done. I like them because we can use them online and in print. I got a big package of resizable vector icons from Flaticon. They cover pretty much any topic, subject or idea I need to punctuate with an icon.
You want good quality icons that are vector objects that you can make bigger or smaller according to what the need is. The new icons include updated designs for today's personal and business use. My pack of 2,000 icons from Flaticon includes newer things such as hoodies, iPads and smartwatches. You would not find those in an older pack of vector icons. The updated designs are very useful for giving a polish to web and print designs. They are called icons because the images carry a meaning to them when presented to others in our culture. For example, adults and kids today can identify with hoodies and smartwatches. You could use a hoodie icon to accentuate a letter, policy, article, notice or pretty much any other document. Maybe you are writing about exercise or the fall or spring weather. There are icons to use for anything you write about.
Imagery to go along with blog posts can be expensive. A simple icon can serve as a visual marker for a blog post just as well as a pricey photo from one of those online image sellers. There are all kinds of uses for icons. Just make sure of the licensing you have to use them. Make sure you can use them for personal and business use and in print or online.
My main passion in life, other than my family, is baking. I love to bake everything from muffins and cookies to cakes and pies, and everything in between. There are days where I am in the kitchen for up to eight hours baking for friends or family, but I truly do love doing it. When my husband suggested that I look into sticker label printing in Brisbane, I was not sure why at first. That is when he told me that he thought I should start making a profit at what I love to do most.
I had considered baking for a profit before, but I felt bad asking people for money like that. He explained that people would pay a lot more if they went to a bakery, and I had to agree. I rarely go to bakeries, but when I do, their prices simply amaze me. I know what it costs to make something. Even after adding in business costs, it still seems really high. Since I knew that my friends and family would support me, I decided to give it a go. I really liked the idea of the stickers so I could package my baked goods in a labeled bag so people knew that I was the one that baked it.
This had nothing to do with ego and everything to do with name recognition. I already know that I am a good baker, it is just a talent that I have been blessed with. That does me no good if people share my baked goods and others have no idea where it came from. I was able to locate a local company that makes stickers as well as things like flyers, brochures and business cards, and I knew that I was going to use their services even more as I grew my business bigger. Taking that first step was scary but liberating!
I have Time Warner Cable at home and was watch a cooking show channel one night and they had food trucks on there. I found that very interesting and am a good cook so decided to have my own food truck. We don't seem to have them around here yet so it should go great. It's a bit expensive but not as expensive as buying a building. A ready to go food truck with all the features costs around 60K but I can do it for less if I get a truck and fix it up and buy the fryer and things to put in it.
When I was younger we bought an old school bus and turned it into an RV so I know I can do this. I think I could save 20 to 30 thousand if I do it right. That will make starting out much easier. I need to sit down and work on the menu too but I still need to decide if the menu should come first or I should do the truck and then decide what I can cook in it. Both seem to have their logical advantages.
It seems good to concentrate on the dishes to make and I could make the truck to suit the menu to a point. If I did fried and baked foods then I might not have enough room in the truck for all of the equipment. So if I do the truck first then I can make the menu work around the equipment already in it but that could wind up being limiting more than I want.
After that it is just a matter of getting a permit and deciding where to park because I have sales and cooking experience already. I know this is going to be great.Discover A Lot More