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  • Daylight Savings Time

    Posted on June 30th, 2010 Pam No comments

    Did you know Benjamin Franklin (at age 78) first introduced Daylight Savings Time.

    He found that so much of the daylight was wasted by working in to the night. To save candles he wanted to shift the working hours.

    According to a study in the 1970s, this would save 10,000 barrels of oil per day or 3,650,000 barrels per year.

    Europe began Daylight Savings Time during World War I, United States in World War II.
    –The History Channel

  • Seat belts anyone?

    Posted on June 29th, 2010 Pam No comments

    in 1950, the Rambler car was the first American car to offer seat belts.
    –American Pickers

  • Divide and Conquer

    Posted on June 28th, 2010 Pam No comments

    Would you like to divide some of your perennial flowers, but not quite sure of the best time?

    Here is a simple rule of thumb.
    Flowers that bloom in the Spring, transplant in the Fall.
    Flowers that bloom in the Fall, transplant in the Spring.

    Spring blooming examples: Iris, Bleeding Heart bloom in Spring, so when they finish blooming, transplant them. This allows them several months of growing time before Winter and they should bloom the following Spring. They have a better chance of having strong roots and settling in to their new home.

    Transplant Daffodils and Tulips after they have bloomed and the strength of the foliage has been transfered to the bulb. It is very important to wait until the leaves are brown and dead before transplanting.

    Fall blooming examples: Phlox. These bloom later in the Summer, transplant them early in the Spring when they are about 4″ tall. This way they can establish their new roots and get ready to bloom for you in the Fall.

    Transplant Asiatic and Orential Lilies in the Spring, before they have much growth. It is important to dig up the entire clump of bulbs, be very careful, the bulbs may be deeper than you think. Divide the bulbs and plant immediately, don’t leave the bulbs out of the ground for more than a few minutes!!!!

    Remember, when transplanting flowers, be as delicate as possible, the less damage the easier for them to get a great start in their new home.

    Do a little research before dividing a particular perennial.  Did you know some flowers love to be crowded and should not be divided? Here are a few:  Geraniums, Alyssum, Fox gloves, Russian Sage, Lavender and Delphinium.

    Tips for transplanting:

    1.  Divide in cool weather.  It is best to plant in the evening.
    2.  Loosen the soil in the hole where the transplant is going to be planted and mix in organic matter.
    3.  Fill the hole with water before planting and allow to drain.
    4.  Watch for signs of disease and weeds in the plant.
    5.  Water well after planting.

    Oh, and one more thing, plan before you dig.  If you plan ahead, the flowers will have a more permanent home.  Flowers are like people, they don’t like to move every year.

  • More of Benjamin Franklin

    Posted on June 26th, 2010 Pam No comments

    Did you know Ben Franklin first mapped out the Gulf Stream. The Gulf Stream is a warm current going east to west. East bound ships still take advantage of this current.

    At 78 years of age, Ben invented the bifocal. This came about because when he attended dinner parties he couldn’t see the food he was eating and the faces of the people seated at his table.

  • Knife, Paper, Scissors

    Posted on June 26th, 2010 Pam No comments

    Did you know the best way to trim a very tender stem (for example geranium cuttings) is a razor blade? When using scissors or a knife you may squeeze the stem and damage the very tender tissue.

    If you must use scissors, use a very sharp pair.

    Picking flowers for a bouquet.
    When cutting flowers for a bouquet, cut the flower and put it immediately into water. Then put the flowers into a big bowl of water, trimming the bottoms of the stems again under water.  You should leave the flowers in this bowl for 20 to 30 minutes. This takes a little extra time, but the flowers last so much longer. REALLY !!!!!!

  • Think about it

    Posted on June 22nd, 2010 Pam No comments

    I’m just livin’ it out.
    –Zada Christensen

    It’s all a lesson.
    –Lara, works at Country Inns and Suites

    Look at everything as though you were seeing it for the first time or the last time.
    –Betty Smith

  • To Do — Or Not To Do

    Posted on June 7th, 2010 Pam 1 comment

    Okay, so in case you didn’t know, I am a procrastinator. Surprised? Surprised because I am a procrastinator, or that I just admitted it to the world?

    I am a person that makes lists. I have lists for everything, but have a hard time ever completing them. I usually end up with a huge list with so many things on it, that it becomes overwhelming. Then I start another list, it starts out small, but soon grows out of control again.

    So I just started this new ‘to do’ list technique today. It looks good on paper, I hope it works. I divide the list into three parts.
    1) Must do
    2) Should do
    3) Fun to do

    I try to have at least three things listed in each category, but not more than five. If I have more than five, I list the extras on a separate sheet of paper. Each item not finished, goes into the next day’s list.

    The reason this should work is because the list is divided into three parts, making the list not so overwhelming. When the list is divided into three parts it is like three small lists.

    Now the hard part, actually doing all of the items on the list each day.
    I’ll let you know how it goes.

    One more tip: ‘Do one more thing’. Before going to bed, finish one more thing. I try to do things like get clothes ready for the next day, plan a meal, make a phone call, pay bills or prepare my next list. There are tons of small things to do to make the next day a little less stressful.