One of Her Favorite Birthday Gifts

I was trying to think of the perfect gift to give to my niece for her thirteenth birthday. She is not a typical girl, which made it even harder for me to decide. While a lot of girls her age are interested in fashion and boys, she is interested mainly in music and books. I did a search to find the perfect gift for music lover, and I had a lot of different suggestions that I was able to look through. None of them screamed out to me that it was the perfect gift though until I came to one site that was a handmade plaque that was absolutely perfect.

I wanted the gift to be something that she would enjoy but would also let her know that I appreciate that she is exploring the things she is most passionate about. This plaque has a musical instrument that is standing upright, and the word ‘love’ surrounds it. Continue reading

An Oak Tree Took out Our Pool and Shed but We Are Ok

Well, it is that time of year again. The leaves are off the trees, the cold is rolling in and so is the windy winter weather. I knew we should have had our trees pruned and inspected by an arborist earlier in the year. We put it off because of other things we needed to buy with our budgeted money. Now we had to call a tree service in Brooklyn NY to not only remove a fallen tree and stump, but they also need to inspect the other trees on our property anyway. You know if one was rotten or infested with ants, then another one is also likely to be in the same shape.

When an oak falls, it really can wreak havoc on anything in its path. In our case it was the garden shed and the swimming pool. Both are a total loss. I am just glad that none of us were outside, and I am glad that the house was not hit. Continue reading

The Companion Can Do Anything

A friend who I talk to regularly called me on the phone one day and couldn’t stop talking about his senior companion in Long Island. My friend was older than me, but he was still pretty active, and I was curious as to why he needed a companion. He said that in his old age, he wanted someone to care for him and help him do things. He said that I might want to get a companion of my own. I never really thought about it before, but a companion is definitely useful.

I got a companion form the same place that my friend got one. My companion was a young man in his mid 30s. He made breakfast for me and it was one of the best meals I ever had. Continue reading

Earth Shattering and Glass Shattering

There was a earthquake in Brooklyn that shattered all of the glass in my home. Of all places for an earthquake to take place, one had to happen in Brooklyn, and it had to do damage to my home in the way it did. I don’t think anyone else on my street had the same kind of damage. I called a company that supplies custom glass in Brooklyn to have all of my windows and mirrors replaced. In the meantime, I put plastic wrap on the windows to keep bugs from flying in. At this time of the year, there are a lot of bugs that roam around, and they can be pretty annoying.

The glass people took measurements of my windows and bathrooms, and then gave me an estimate for the glass. I figured that the price would be a lot higher than the estimate that they gave me, but the price was pretty reasonable. Continue reading

From One Company to the Next

A roofing company in NYC did some roof repair on my home after part of the roof was damaged by a tree that had been struck by lightning. I thought all was well, until a month later, when the roof started falling apart at the site of the repairs. I tried contacting the company who did the repairs, but apparently they had gone out of business. Many people complained about work they had done before, and the company lost its ability to do repairs. They now have a lawsuit on their hands from many angry customers, including myself.

Since the company I initially used couldn’t do the repairs, I had to hire a new company to do it. Continue reading

My Mom Needed In-home Care

My mom told me even before she was diagnosed that she would end up getting dementia. It is something that most members of her family have gone through, and she did not feel she would be an exception. I wish I could say she was wrong, but she was diagnosed with it even before she was of retirement age. Thankfully, it was just early signs, but she already knew enough about the disease to know what to expect from it. That is why just a few short years later, she did a search for dementia care in Brooklyn.

She knew that she was going to need help as it progressed more, but she was still not prepared to leave her home yet either. She has worked hard all her life to have it, and I can definitely understand her desire to stay there. I am just grateful that she had the foresight to make arrangements with a home care company that has experience with people who have dementia. If my mom was in any danger of hurting herself, I would not have been happy with these arrangements, but I knew that she was in good hands with them. Continue reading

There Are Ways out of Foreclosure So Do Not Give Up Hope

You know, I would reckon that people have actually killed themselves over financial worries. When stuff like that hits the news, you just get a report on the act, not much about the details that lead up to it. Can you imagine being under threat of losing your car, your savings (if you are lucky to have a few bucks) and even your house? I used to feel so much for people in financial trouble. We helped where we could. Then one day our home was on the list for short sales in NYC.

I did not plan for my industry to pretty much go belly up overnight. We worked for a Defense contractor who lost all of his contracts with the government except one. The winds of politics blow and can knock down a lot of things you used to rely on. I was one year short of seniority that would have kept my job. I found other work almost right away, but not at the rate of pay I was making. Continue reading

We Got Bed Bugs on a School Field Trip That Included a Hotel Stay

I remember when our little girl was sent home by the nurse because she had head lice. Now that was super embarrassing. We have a nice apartment that we keep perfectly clean. I’m actually a clean freak according to my husband and our little girl. The nurse said our little one picked them up in school and that it was as common as kids catching a cold from one another. It has nothing to do with hygiene or cleanliness. Then we got bed bugs. Talk about devastating to my pride! However, a company that provides bed bug control in NYC told me that they were brought into our home. They did not originate there.

As the exterminator did his job getting rid of the bed bugs he asked me about recent travel. Continue reading

I Had to Get the Sidewalk Fixed

Department of Labor - Masonry Apprentice Contest ... LLC ...When I purchased a house on the outskirts of the Bronx, I was actually quite happy with just about everything to do with the house. What I was not so happy about was the property outside. There were a lot of things wrong with it, but the main thing I wanted to have taken care of first was getting the sidewalk fixed. I had no idea who to call to help me with this, so I just went online and did a search for sidewalk contractors in Bronx NY. I figured that someone would have to come up on the search results who could help me.

Well, Eden Roofing and Waterproofing is the company that I ended up hiring because of my search. I went to their website to see what services they offer, and I was happy to see that they do help fix sidewalks that are in disrepair. I was able to get a free quote, and I was actually surprised that it was as low as it was. Continue reading

Best Sewer Drain Cleaning Options

I had a friend over at my house to check out an issue I have been having, and apparently I have a clogged, or partially clogged sewer drain leading from my house. I did not even know that was possible, but my friend knows a good bit about plumbing. He is not able to fix it though and so I will need to hire expert drain cleaning in Bergen County NJ to come and take care of this issue. He said that it could get pretty bad if it were not taken care of soon, and I do not really want to think about what could happen if the drain going back into the sewer gets completely clogged.

Apparently, my friend does not think that it is completely clogged right now. But I do not want to risk this issue at all. Continue reading

The Easiest and Most Secure Child Seats

Any parent that has ever had to drive their kid regularly can quickly vouch for the importance of the best car seats. Not only does a good car seat keep your child safe, even if things go terribly wrong, but they have a lot of other advantages too. There are tons of options out there aimed to fulfill a wide variety of needs, with differences between models covering everything from weight and size to cushioning and safety harnesses. At the end of the day, there are some things that people can skim on and not notice a difference, but this is certainly not one of them.

Of course the top priority for most parents is to be sure that their child is safe and secure, protected from any accidents and unable to get out of the seat. Great cushioning and things like 5 point safety harnesses take care of much of this, though it is also important to make sure that you get a seat rated for the proper size and weight. Continue reading

Marketing Potential with Mobile Apps

I am trying to learn how to better market my company, and there are a lot of new options that are available for marketing. In particular, I am looking at this self serve mobile advertising service and it seems like it would be a good idea for me to check out. I have not heard about this sort of thing before, and I am kind of excited about the potential that this site has for my business. It seems like there are a lot of opportunities that could be opened to me, through the use of something like this.

I have paid a company to advertise for me in the past, but I stopped, because it was not really generating the type of results that I wanted. It ended up being more, or less, just a waste of money for the company and so I had to stop paying for it. But with this option, I will be able to make my own ads, and then post them at my own discretion. I like the fact that there are so many different apps available to advertise on, on this site, because it really helps to pick the right places to advertise.

I think that I have a pretty good idea of the market for my company’s products, and so I think it would be a good idea for me to go ahead and try to figure out if I can make this feasible, or if it is not really going to be a good marketing solution. On the surface, it looks like it will work quite well, but of course, you have to get down into the details, before you are really able to figure out something like that. That is what I am going to attempt to figure out at the present moment.

Knowing How to Wash Your Clothes

I have a shameful secret that I never let any girl I date know. It’s a problem that I have tried to remedy but to which no solution has been found to combat the sheer laziness that possesses me. I can’t do my own laundry. There is no doubt in my mind that I am a man who is lacking in life skills that, if the women he dated discovered he lacked simple everyday skills, would be ridiculed by them ruthlessly. I even have to resort to using a dry cleaner in Paterson NJ to ensure that my clothes are ready for the week.

It’s true that I do work a lot. A whole lot. Continue reading

Affordable Cosmetic Dentistry Near Bend

Il Ragia di TangiaurI would like to get some dental work done in the near future. I have been missing a couple of teeth for a couple of months now, but I did not really have the money to do anything about it previously. However, I realize that the missing teeth look kind of awful, and I am a man who is concerned about his appearance. I think most single men are more concerned about their appearance, than men who are married. Anyway, I need to find a bend cosmetic dentistry office that will be able to see me in the near future.

I am hoping to get the missing teeth replaced with some sort of dental implants. I am a little bit worried about the process of having dental implants inserted in my mouth. Continue reading

Best Hotel Prices in Cody

I am going to stay a couple nights in the area near Cody, Wyoming, and I need to find a place to stay. I have some family in the area, but I am not too close to them, and so I would not want to ask them to stay with them for a few nights. I do not know them well enough to do that, but I guess I will try to find a hotel instead. So I am looking at info about Cody Wyoming hotels and how much it would cost to stay at one for a few nights.

I wonder if I can get a discounted rate on the hotel, based on the number of days I stay. Continue reading

She Needed Some Help at Home

I could tell something was wrong with my mom a few months ago. She would not tell me at first, but then she finally confided in me that she was worried she was no longer able to live on her own. She was terrified of losing her independence though, so she was putting off moving into a nursing home for as long as possible. When I realized that was what was wrong with her, I understood her fear. I knew that there had to be a happy medium, which is how I found senior care in Queens NY options.

I did an online search to see if I could find a forum where others could give me some suggestions. Continue reading

I Guess That We Need a New Roof

Sam and Jimmy and I talked to the building inspector after he got done with looking at the place. We figured that we knew what he was going to say and we did. I guess that we need a new roof. The building inspector gave us the names of a half dozen companies that do roof repair and roof installation in NYC. It is not like any of them are likely to tell us any price that we are going to like, but we are going to have to figure out what is the best thing to do and just bite the bullet. It is not like you can wait around for the roof to fall down and this one has taken a lot of abuse over the past few years. Of course you are supposed to replace the roof ever so often and if you do not do it, then you are going to eventually regret it. Continue reading

Wine Making Runs in the Family

I’ve tried a lot of wines in my life, but I’ve never had the opportunity to make my own. I found a winery that does wine making in NJ, and went there to have my own wine made. I wanted to make a red wine that would go with anything I desired. I prefer red wine because of its flavor, but I’ll drink white wine as well. I experimented with some different wines before settling on a flavor that I liked the best. I wanted some of my friends and family to taste test the wine, so I invited them over to my home.

My friends were shocked to learn that there was a local place where you could make your own wine. I poured everyone a glass of the wine, and we all tasted it at the same time with a clean palate. Everyone loved the wine and how much body it had. They thought the wine was so good that I should sell it to other people. I wasn’t too sure about that, but I was glad that they enjoyed the wine.

My father wanted to have his own wine made for his wedding anniversary. He wanted to have a romantic dinner with my mother and thought that a homemade wine would be the perfect beverage for it. He went to the winery and sampled some flavors to get an idea of what would be best for the type of meal he was planning. Once he made his wine, he bottled it and even put a special label on it. He cooked a steak and lobster dinner for my mother and they had the most romantic evening. They drank the entire bottle of wine, so I didn’t get a chance to sample some of it, but I’m glad it went to good use.

How We Went from No Internet Presence to the Leading Website in the Industry Using a New York Search Optimization Company

I see our website sort of like a new parent sees a child. You want to give your child the best chance of success in life, and your business website should have opportunities for success too. The difference is that this baby, pardon the pun, was going to either make or break us. The items we sell were now available online with overnight shipping. Where we used to have customers drive a couple of hundred miles to come to us, now they just place and order and wait. We needed a New York search engine optimization company to help us build a website that would get us an online presence fast.

When the fuel prices started to climb is when we started to see less and less long distance customers driving to us to get parts. They used to tell us it was nice to be able to drive in, even if it was far away, so they could see the parts before buying them. They would bring in old equipment they were replacing to compare it with new parts and whole products. As that segment of our business began to dwindle, we figured out that those customers were now buying online through a competitor of ours in another state. Continue reading

We Got an XFINITY Home Security System with Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Protection

We saw on the news that a guy we speak too when we are out walking had his house burn down. I heard the fire whistles and saw the trucks go by, but I had no idea it was his house until I saw the late news. He and his family are okay, but a segment of the interview got me thinking. He said they did not even hear the smoke alarm in the basement. After that, I called to see what the XFINITY home security cost would be for a full home alarm system with smoke and carbon monoxide protection.

Smoke alarms are great, but they may not be heard when they are on another level and not interconnected. Continue reading

The Perks of Having Good Internet

If you’re anything like me then you love to game online. Some of my best memories in life are me and my friends huddling over an xbox playing Halo together. I know it sounds cocky, but I’m really good at first person shooters. My twitch reflexes are top notch and I’m very fast. But I’m not good if I’m lagging and that’s a problem you’ll encounter a lot when you game online. Because of this, I had to make sure that I had good internet. So I decided to look into rhode island internet for my place. I found a good deal on this one package and so far it has been working great. Continue reading

I Got on the Roof Repair Committee

At the Church I mean. I sort of did a little fussing about it when I saw them boxing me in, but there was no way out of it that I could see. They picked me because they think I am going to be the one who keeps everyone from yelling at one another. Of course once you have seen a couple of bids on commercial roof repair in Morris county NJ you will be ready to squeal like a little piggy that thinks you want bacon for breakfast. It is a really big deal to the church, because we have a lot of other things we have to think about. The air conditioning unit on that church is a big concern, although obviously it does not matter so much as a roof does. You need air conditioning when it is hot, which is about four months out of every year. Continue reading

It Made More Sense to Call a Heater Repair Pro Rather Than to DIY

My husband and I have been taking some time to upgrade things in our home over time. We try to do everything on a budget so that we do not end up living beyond our means. This means we try to do most of the work ourselves, whether it happens to be painting, lawn work, electrical work, etc. But we found ourselves in over our heads and needing heating repair in Morris County NJ recently.

To start, my husband was one of those people who pulled things apart to learn how those things worked when he was a kid. For the most part, it worked out well. It gave him the ability to learn exactly what he needed to do to fix many things without much problem. So, that is exactly what he did with our heater when it went on the fritz recently. Continue reading

One of the Best Ways to Advertise

For better or worse, advertising seems to have found a way into every part of our lives. Driving down the highways people will see billboards, sports have special breaks just to play ads, and the internet is littered with banners and other forms of advertising. Many people see this as a simple annoyance, failing to think about how the entire process works. Sure they can definitely be annoying, as nobody wants to wait for a football game to resume so that beer companies and potato chip makers can try to win customers. Mobile media advertising can sometimes make this feeling even stronger, as people often do not expect that even their phones will be a target for marketing teams.

However, the truth of the matter is that advertising can benefit everyone. The prices paid for an advertisement during a football game make it possible to pay players top salaries, upgrade stadiums, and provide top notch production without having to charge viewers. Continue reading