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  • CELL PHONE BATTERIES

    Posted on December 3rd, 2011 Pam No comments

    Okay, I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t know that much about batteries.

    I know it is best to take the old battery in the store to buy a replacement because writing down the number that is etched in the battery may not be enough. Sometimes a 389 and a 390 may work the same.

    I know that a small 1.5 volt and a 12 volt battery looks about the same.

    I know that when I replaced the battery in a small clock a common watch battery worked fine.

    I know that it is best to have spare batteries on hand so you can change batteries without delay.

    But here is what I didn’t know.

    1. It is best to charge a cell phone battery for only four hours rather than overnight. A good idea is to charge it when coming home from work and unplugging it when going to bed. (I know charging it overnight is more convenient, but it is not good for the life of the battery.)

    2. Using a car charger to charge a cell phone is not good for the battery either. It uses a quick charge and charges a phone much faster than the home charger, but faster isn’t always better.

    3. Only charge a battery when it is very low, try to charge it once a day for several hours rather than several times a day an hour at a time.  Always try to charge it completely.

    4. A battery as it adds more charges, becomes less able to hold the charge and will need to be replaced.

    5. A typical cell phone battery only has about 1000 charges, use them carefully.

    6. Usually this information isn’t given out when buying a phone. So when the battery loses life and you go in to buy a replacement, usually buying a new phone is cheaper. But not only is a new phone purchased, but so is a new two year contract.

    7. As a cell phone battery goes bad, it becomes fat not flat, that is one more way to tell if the life of the battery is decreasing.

    Thanks to Batteries Plus + for the battery tips.

    Batteries Plus + have great batteries, great prices and great advice.

    If you have other tips and tricks to add please let me know.

  • JUNE PHOTO CONTEST WINNER

    Posted on July 1st, 2011 Pam 1 comment

    Quick note of the June photo winner. The winner is Devin Baldwin wiith his picture of a lipstick plant. This picture will be added later. CONGRATULATIONS Devin!!!!
    I loved this picture of such an unusual flower, the lighting was perfect and so was the composition.
    I hope you and your family enjoy your new 7″ HD TV!!!!!

  • DRIVING SAFETY

    Posted on November 29th, 2010 Pam No comments

    You may have already seen these tips, but I have added a few more and decided to post them again.

    Winter driving conditions are here, I thought I might list a few little known safety tips.

    Just as a car windshield gets dirty during driving and especially during a rain or snow storm, so does car headlights. Be aware of dirty film that may buildup on lights, making night driving dangerous. Keep all lights clean.

    When at a gas station, clean lights as well as the windshield.

    Keep a bottle of window cleaner in your car along with some towels. We’ve all been there, when we are out of windshield washer fluid and the windshield is covered in grime.

    Traveling during a snow storm, snow may build up on all of your lights, headlights, breaklights and even turning signals. Cars now have newer lights that don’t get hot like the older cars, so snow does not melt off of the lights, making safe driving an issue.

    Make sure to clean all frost and snow from all windows before driving. It is for everyone’s safety.

    During winter months always keep a shovel, extra gloves, blankets, coats and extra warm clothes in each vehicle.

    It is also a good idea to keep some snacks and a gallon of water in case you need them. NOTE: Keep the gallon of water in a tub and secure it so it won’t spill. Don’t fill it to the top, leave at least three inches of space at the top to allow room to freeze.

    Please reply with any other ideas !!!!!

  • Onions making you cry?

    Posted on November 26th, 2010 Pam No comments

    When cutting onions, burn a candle. It burns the gaseous fumes.

    Use a small box of baking soda in your fridge and freezer. Put the date on the box so you know to replace it in 3 months.

    Putting charcoal briquets in a clean gallon can absorb orders in a closet.

  • The Orange Bowl Stadium

    Posted on July 13th, 2010 Pam No comments

    After 70 years the Orange Bowl condition was declining and the decision was made to tear it down.
    The stadium had a 72,000 seat capacity and was 70 years old.

    When tearing down the Orange Bowl Stadium in Miami, 95% of it was recycled. They could have demolished it in a very short time, but decided to take it apart piece by piece.

    The cement was used as filler in roads, the steel was mixed with coal and melted, some was recycled into ‘orange bowl’ man hole covers.

    The demolition took 6 months, with over 6,000 tons of steel and over 250,000 pounds of plastic.

  • I love Dandelions

    Posted on May 21st, 2010 Pam No comments

    As a small child, I ate dandelions… really!!!!! You should try them, they are kind of sweet, but just eat the centers when they are large and orange (and watch out for bees). My Mother, for some reason didn’t want me to eat dandelions. So she would ask me if I was eating dandelions again and I would say no. She would give me a funny look, but say nothing. Once I looked in the mirror after such an encounter with my mother, funny thing, I had yellow stains all around my mouth. She could always tell when I had been eating dandelions.
    If your lawn is like my lawn, you have dandelions in it right now. If you haven’t sprayed them or kept them out each year. They are blooming pretty good right now and soon will go to seed. I thought I would give you my take on how to control dandelions.
    1. Get them out of you lawn before they go to seed.
    2. If you don’t like spraying your lawn, use a knife to cut them out. I have found that to be the fastest way.
    3.
    So I have a

  • Greenhouse, Hot House, Cold Frame and Shelf Tunnel

    Posted on March 19th, 2010 Pam 2 comments

    I have heard about Grow Tunnels and I wanted to start one of my own to experiment with early vegetable growing. So I decided to try it ‘my way’.

    SUPPLIES (I used supplies I had around the house and yard, so this was free). You see, some tunnels cost as much as $600 so I was happy I came up with this idea.
    1. Shelves, (I used 2)
    2. Blankets (I used padded blankets)
    3. Plastic (I used some heavy plastic I used for covering padio furnature).
    4. Staples
    5. Hammer
    6. Steel Posts (I used three)
    7. Wire
    8. Pieces of wood to make doors with the plastic. ( I used two 1″X4″, 4 feet tall).

    PUTTING IT TOGETHER
    A. I decided the location. The more sun the better. (facing south and more east than west)
    B. Stapled the blankets to the backs of the shelves.
    (NOTE: I also stapled two blankets to flip over the top at night. These cover the sides and the front to hold in the heat at night.
    C. Pounded the posts in and wired the shelves to them.
    D. Stapled the plastic to the top and sides.
    E. Made plastic doors. Staple some of the plastic to the wood and rolled it up to prevent the plastic from ripping.
    F. I have a space between both of the shelves. This way I can put the wooden doors in the space to close the doors.

    Here is a picture of the front of the shelves. You can see the sides and tops have plastic on them. I did have to cut vents in the top, because the ‘green house’ was getting too hot. You can also see that I have a flap that covers over the doors, without that flap, too much hot air would escape.

    This shows the hot house with one of the blankets covering the front. I cover it at night to keep the heat in. I tested one side, and it’s temperature was 50 degrees at 9:00 in the morning without a cover over it at night.

    This shows the ‘door’ open, you can see the board I use for the end of the door. I really works pretty good. Oddly enough, it stays quite warm on a sunny day with the door open.

    This shows some plants I planted on March 16th, I used plastic forks for labeling.

    This shows the thermometer inside the hot house. It is 105 degrees. An important note on temperature, you can get it too hot. Plants don’t do well when the temperature gets over 95 degrees, so BE CAREFUL !!!!!

    This shows one of the shelves. As you can see I can put 12 flats in one side. I can grow a total of 24 flats inside. WoW !!! This also shows the space between the two shelves. Where I can close the doors by putting the boards with the plastic stapled to them in the space.

    Here is a picture from the back. It shows 4 blankets, two for the back and two for the front flaps.

    I tried to show this clearly, but it is kind of hard to explain. Please ask questions or give me ideas by commenting, PLEASE !!!!!