October 27th, 2015
One of my friends recently picked up a new hobby. She has gotten into glass making. She is an amazing artist. Every year she learns something new so she can expand her abilities. She came over for coffee the other day to explain what she has been learning.
She said that first she had to mix the components to form the glass. Then she would heat it and shape it. I was blown away and had a lot of questions for her. We talked about the basic ingredients. One of them was ground silica. I had no idea what that was, and she explained it was ground up sand that was made up entirely of silicon and oxygen.
I told her I thought silicon was used in computer chips. She thought that was funny, and she said it was. It is also used in glass making, and it was an important ingredient. She made me a beautiful glass vase, and now I know how she did it.
October 25th, 2015
My husband and I have been married for 14 years. We have two children, a 12 year-old daughter and a three year-old son. Life has not been perfect, but I could not imagine my life without him. I had a few errands to run on the day of my anniversary. I went to the store and brought some porous paving materials.
After that, I went home, and my husband picked me up. We went dancing, which is one of our favorite things to do. We then had dinner at one of our favorite restaurants. The dinner was delicious. The last stop of the night was the beach. We walked hand in hand with our toes in the sand. It was a very romantic night. It was one of the nights I wish I could relive.
September 22nd, 2015
I have worked in event planning and management for a number of years and have seen the way the marketing industry change over time. However, the chance to take part in the best options for marketing do not always include simply going Online and offering potential customers coupons and discounts to print out at home. The companies I work with often want to have their marketing reach people in person with promotional girls meeting and greeting individuals on the streets or as they enter the business. I found this to be a great marketing tool over time and when I was helping with a local store that was about to have a major sale and relaunch itself. By employing ladies to meet customers as they entered the store and bring some press to the location we had a successful relaunch that was loved by the owners and their customers.
July 15th, 2015
Abby is an old friend of mine. I use the word “old” not only in referrence to the duration of our friendship, but also the length of time we’ve been on this planet.
Social events have always been enjoyable for us, but in the past few years things began to change. Her obvious hearing loss was making participation difficult. Slowly I became Abby’s “personal parrot”, repeatedly giving her instant replays of what she misunderstood.
Many times I urged her to have her hearing tested, but she stubbornly ignored my pleas. Finally she agreed. Of course she failed the test and was fitted with Stockport hearing aids.
We were both ecstatic with the results.
A few days later, after the initial excitement had worn off, Abby’s smiling face turned serious. She leaned toward me and said, “I am very concerned about you.” “Why do you keep repeating yourself?”
July 10th, 2015
My wedding is in October and I could not be more excited to be marrying the father to my son and the love of my life. However planning a wedding is tough! There are a lot of variables and details that go into planning a wedding that I was not aware of. So far I have my venue booked, my bakery and cake picked out, buffet menu in place, and purchased my shoes. I plan on losing a few extra pounds before I even begin to look at dresses.
My next big vendor to work with: the florist Harrogate. I checked out some websites of local businesses to decide who had the arrangements I liked the most. I found a flower shop who has used orchids in their bouquets. Naturally, that is the one I had to go with since orchids are my favorite! I can’t wait to get to work planning my bouquet!
July 6th, 2015
Making a backyard mini golf course is a fun way to entertain your kids and their friends. Using just a portion of your yard using your own grass will keep the cost to a minimum. Now if you want to add sand traps to your course, using silica sand is a great option. It is a good quality sand for many types of jobs.
It is easy to get and will look great. You can also use this sand to add accents around the mini golf course. Using it for a top coat in some flower patches around the outside of the course will add a nice touch. If you are not really a flower person, you can add little statues or gnomes for a bit of a masculine look.
June 28th, 2015
If you have never seen the wonders that green screens can add to a home or office setting, you will be as amazed like I was at first. My business associate and long time friend, told me about their plans to have one installed as am indoor instant garden setting, for use where they had their business meetings. At the preview meeting, there was an real looking background that created an instant garden scene that was projected onto the chroma key background behind them. They used streaming video and a variety of interesting special effects, but that was all just part of the most amazing scenery the room full of viewers had ever witnessed. It all interacted with my friend’s presentation live and seamlessly. It was really one of the most amazing things I had ever witness, plus the images were projected with all the clarity expected from high definition.
June 26th, 2015
When my sister moved to Santa Cruz from the Midwest, we all teased her about it. We joked she would become a hippie chick and end up living in a commune and date nothing but surfer dudes.
So when I visited her and she picked me up wearing a flowing paisley dress and sandals, even though it was already October, I couldn’t helo but laugh. He apartment, with its colorful paper lanters and view of the tattoo parlor across the street, didn’t help.
But after my first day exploring the town I could definitely see the attraction. We wandered the boardwalk, took a scenic bicycle ride along the coast, and pampered ourselves with a pedicure and thai massage Manchester. I tought about the predicted snowfall I would be returning to in a few short days, and I had to admit that becoming a hippie might not be so bad after all!