Thursday, February 13, 2014

Roses - Of a Different Color - Defined


Red -  Sincere love, respect, courage, passion.  Send red roses to convey the message of your passionate love for that someone; saying "I love you".

Pink  - Grace and gentility, the rose of sweet thoughts.  Send deep pink roses to show your appreciation; gratitude; saying "Thank you". ****GREAT for MOM on Mother's Day!!  Send light pink roses to convey admiration or sympathy. 

Yellow -  In the Victorian times, yellow roses meant jealousy. But today, they signify friendship, joy, gladness and freedom, the promise of a new beginning.  Send yellow roses to brighten up someone's day; to congratulate your friends and loved ones during joyous occasions.

White -  Spiritual love, purity, the rose of confession, the bridal rose; "You are heavenly", "I am worthy of you".  Commonly used as traditional bridal bouquet during weddings to symbolize a happy love. You can also use them to convey the message of "You are heavenly, I miss you".

Lavender -  Love at first sight and enchantment.  Send lavender roses to convey the message of your "love at first sight" with that special someone. You can also send them if you would like to make a special impression.

Orange - Passionate desire, pure enthusiasm and fascination.  An excellent choice for a new relationship that you wish to pursue further. It can also be referring to a new business partnership.

Quote:
“The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious to the rose”.  ~  Kahlil Gibran

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Colors of Tulips - What They Smybolize

Tulips are often associated with new birth and springtime.  They are symbolic of fame and perfect love. The symbolic meanings also change with the color of the tulips:
Red tulips mean "believe me" and are a declaration of true love.
Variegated and ruffled tulips can create a striking, modern look for a wedding centerpiece.
Yellow tulips mean sunshine and cheerful thoughts.
Cream colored tulips mean forever love.
White tulips symbolize heaven, newness and purity; to claim worthiness or to send a message of forgiveness.
Purple tulips symbolize royalty.
Pink tulips mean affection and caring. Great for weddings!
Orange tulips mean energy, enthusiasm, desire, and passion.  Great for a "congratulations" gift.
~  For a sympathy arrangement:  White tulips, peach tulips, green tulips and purple tulips have become popular choices for sympathy flowers. A bouquet with white tulips symbolizes the eternal rest of the departed.


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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Art Festivals

Don’t let Florida’s laid-back vibe fool you. The state hosts a wide variety of arts and crafts festivals year-round, attracting serious art collectors and enthusiasts from around the world. At any given Florida festival, you’ll find a booth selling quintessential handmade seashell rings next to a hand-blown glass sculpture vendor. Round out your festival experience by sampling fresh Florida fare while listening to the island sounds of a steel drum band.

Mount Dora Arts Festival

Mount Dora is a charming central Florida town featuring New England-style architecture, eclectic boutiques and a lake filled with alligators. The Mount Dora Arts Festival is one of the largest in the state, attracting almost 300 artists from around the world. The festival, which takes place each February, features booth upon booth of fine art, such as oil paintings, watercolors, acrylics, sculpture and photography. Regional musical entertainment keeps the crowd hopping, while several food courts tempt guests with traditional fair food. Admission to the festival is free.

Key Biscayne Art Festival

Key Biscayne is an affluent island community located minutes from downtown Miami. The Key Biscayne Art Festival takes place each March and features life-size sculptures, paintings, jewelry, photography and ceramics, among other works of art. Located in the town’s Village Green, the art fair is free for attendees.

Downtown Sarasota Festival of the Arts

Sarasota offers more than miles of sugar sand beaches, blue-green Gulf waters and swaying sea grass. Each February, the city hosts the Downtown Sarasota Festival of the Arts. The festival features rows of handmade jewelry, pottery, ceramics, photography and paintings from more than 100 American artisans. The festival’s green market is filled with exotic flora, gourmet food and spices, and handmade soaps. Admission is free.

Coconut Point Arts Festival

Attracting over 150,000 guests each February, the Coconut Point Arts Festival features more than 330 artisans from around the world. Browse booths featuring watercolor, photography, mixed media artwork, glass items, wood handicrafts and sculptures, and other fine art. Sample the culinary treats at the Global Food Village, where you will find everything from arepas to fresh fruit smoothies. Admission is $10 per person.

By Elizabeth Arnold

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Friday, January 31, 2014

Ten Hobbies for Retirees

Many people getting ready to retire wonder what they will do with all the free time, and these ten hobbies for retirees can fill plenty of the gaps. With a broad selection of weekly activities, you can fill up your days, many times while enriching the lives of others.
 
Even if some of these don't appeal at first glance, try them all out once you are actually retired. For example, you may think you don't like to cook, but it may just be that you never liked the pressure of having to get a meal on the table at a certain time. Retirement can actually help turn tasks that were once tedious into fun-filled, relaxing activities.
1. Travel
There is no better time to travel extensively than in early retirement. With no work commitments, and children all grown up, the first years of retirement offer a golden opportunity to travel the world. Whether you caravan close to home for relaxation, or if you visit faraway destinations you never took the time to see earlier in life, travel can be an eye-opening experience. Keep in mind that traveling doesn't have to break the bank. Even some foreign destinations are quite affordable (once you pay for the plane tickets) because the local economy is very different from that in the US.

2. Volunteer
Doing volunteer work, whether once a week at the local library, or every day at a children's center, can enrich your life, while making a drastic difference in the lives of others in your community. Many people cite the first reason to not volunteer as lack of free time, making retirement a great time of life to do volunteer work. Look for opportunities to make a difference at local establishments, as well as schools, hospitals, and nonprofit organizations.

3. Arts & Crafts
Perhaps you've quilted all your life, or you haven't picked up a paintbrush since grade school art class, but retirement is the time to try new things! Try new artistic and creative endeavors, or perfect ones that you've enjoyed all of your life with the extra time you have available in retirement. Some ideas for arts and crafts activities to try include:
  • Paint
  • Make jewelry
  • Cross-stitch, embroider, or knit
  • Quilt or sew
  • Make pottery
  • Learn basket-weaving or chair-caning
  • Learn woodworking
  • Make stained glass projects
4. Music/Theater/Dance
Whether you join the audience, the players onstage, or the theater staff in taking tickets and running lights, getting involved in the performing arts can be a lot of fun. If you'd like to participate yourself, call some local community theaters and community centers to see what opportunities exist. If you'd like to enjoy the hard work of others, start a club in which you and your friends go see a performance once a month or once a week.

5. Clubs/Associations
Several clubs and associations can provide social interaction and fun activities for seniors. Whether you join a national organization like the Red Hat Society, or you make a small local club of your own, such as a weekly card games club, this type of activity provides valuable interaction for seniors.

6. Exercise
Exercise can take on any form! Retirement is the perfect time to get in shape, or to make sure that you stay in shape if you are already in good condition. Take up a low-impact exercise routine; for example, go for a morning walk or an afternoon swim, or take up a daily yoga or tai chi practice. Staying fit doesn't mean running marathons, it just means getting up off the couch.

7. Cooking
Baking and cooking can be lots of fun if you take the time to enjoy them. Read cooking books or magazines, or watch cooking shows on the television for inspiration, and then try out some recipes that really appeal to you. When you make something you can't wait to eat for dinner, you enjoy the cooking process more. It's also lots of fun to make baked goods and bring them to neighbors as a surprise, or bake a special cake for a relative's birthday. All these gestures will be greatly appreciated.

8. The Great Outdoors
Did you always have an interest in birds or flowers, but never have the time to really learn about them? Retirees can take up many hobbies in retirement, among them a newfound appreciation for outdoor activities. While hiking up a mountain would probably not be recommended by your doctor, going for a stroll on a boardwalk through wetlands is good exercise and interesting from an environmental standpoint.

9. Teach
Whatever you did before retirement, you can teach it to the younger generation. Or, teach one of your hobbies, such as knitting or baking. Adult education programs are frequently looking for part-time evening instructors for these types of courses, and while they don't produce a full-time income, teaching these types of classes can be a perfect activity for retirees.

10. Reconnect with Family
Life is busy, but retirement offers a reprieve from the rat race. Invite your family over more often than you used to, or offer to babysit your grandchildren each weekend so that your kids can have some time to themselves. Write letters and send pictures to relatives who live far away, or go visit them more often. Get a webcam for your computer so you can chat with grandchildren who live far away.

Retirement Relaxation
All in all, retirement can be a time of fun, relaxation, and productivity. Some of these ten hobbies for retirees will probably appeal more than others, but there should be at least something for everyone. Whether you take up golf or volunteer at an elementary school, you can enrich your own golden years with many fun activities during retirement.

By Rachel Hanson

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Preparations for Selling Your Home

When selling your home, think “out of the box”. Try to imagine what others will see and focus on when they walk into your home. To help with this, become a home shopper. Go look at model homes, or visit a neighbor. What strikes you first when you enter this home? What do you notice as a positive or a negative aspect?

Helpful Hints on what potential buyers may notice:
1. How does the exterior of the home present itself? Is the lawn mowed and edged, are flower beds weeded, or better yet: ARE there flower beds? Is the home clean, freshly painted, and are the windows sparkling clean? Is the driveway free from stains?

2. First impressions are exactly that – FIRST (only once can this happen) IMPRESSIONS (these can last a LONG time). They speak volumes! Does a pet odor meet you when you open the door? Is there evidence of a caged dog or cat living in the home? Is it obvious there is a full litter box in need of emptying?  What about a musty smell?  Check the bathrooms and kitchen under the sinks; carpets, ceilings and walls throughout the home for water marks.

3. Vivid colors on walls are great when you have decorated the home to express YOUR personality. Others may see them as more work to do to make the home express THEIR style. Tone the colors down. Let the buyer see the structure and design of the walls and floor plan of your home, not JUST the walls!

4. Does your home look like you take care of it? Signs that would say, ‘not so much’ are: Holes in walls and old wallpaper. Patch walls, take down the dated wallpaper and bring your home into 2010! Let’s talk about clutter! Arrange your furniture to compliment the room. Too much furniture in one room takes away from showing the size and versatility of the room. Put away magazines (they don’t have to know your interests here either), take down family pictures from side tables, coffee tables, dressers, etc. Let the potential buyer envision THEIR family pictures in these places. Put a plant or flower arrangement in place of the pictures!

5. Sports fan? Like the Tampa Bay Bucs? Have all their memorabilia displayed? Great you are passionate about them. However, your potential buyer may be REALLY turned off to that! Don’t let a simple sport affiliation be the reason to loose a buyer. Take down your beloved team memorabilia – you can do this… it won’t be as painful as you may think…

6. Kitchen clean up. Dirty dishes in the sink do not portray a “lived in look” as one may think. It shows neglect to keeping a clean home and paying attention to detail. Countertops should be cleared off, to show ALL the work space you DO have in your lovely kitchen!  Clean your stove and oven - greasy grime just makes the potential buyer wonder what dirt they CAN'T see.

Yes, it does take work to make your home presentable to sell!  More importantly, if you want the most price out of your home, it is well worth creating an environment where one will not easily find reasons to offer you less on buying your home!

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Many Uses of Digital Cameras

Digital cameras are handy little gadgets to have on you. They're definitely not just for taking family snapshots anymore! Let's explore some of the ways they can help out in a pinch:

1. Flashlight. As I've just noted, digital cameras make a pretty decent light source when you get stuck.
2. Insurance record backup. Take photos of each room of your home, with close-ups of individual items. In the event of a theft (or a worse catastrophe such as a house fire), those digital files might be invaluable for detailing what you lost. Just keep a backup in another location!
3. Stand-in scanner. Take photos of important documents such as birth and marriage certificates, driver's licenses, health insurance cards, credit cards and debit cards. Store your pics in a safe location along with your insurance records. Who needs a separate scanner?
4. Mini license plate. Take a shot of your vehicle's license plate. Print it and trim to fit in your wallet. What a clever way to keep your tag number handy! You'll never have to traipse out to the car again.
5. Original art. Your photos can be altered and edited for artistic effect to produce unique pieces of art. Play around with Photoshop. Have fun. Maybe you'll end up with something frame-worthy.
6. Travel mirror. Now here's a clever one: let your camera be your travel mirror when you're camping or staying at a hostel. Check out your reflection in the camera's LCD screen when the camera is off, or take a snapshot of yourself and review for bad hair, parsley in teeth, etc.
7. Clock. More than once I've forgotten both my cell phone and my watch ... and been saved by my camera. Click through the settings, and most likely you will find the correct time and date.
8. Passport and business card photos. Take your own photo. It's free! Just make sure to use a very well-lit location with a neutral background.
9. Clip art. Be your own free stock photo source. If you own an even halfway decent digital camera you're good to go. Use shots for presentations, blog posts and tons of other uses.
10. Record business meetings. That built-in video camera can be used for more than just birthday parties. Use it to document work events or meetings, for example.
11. How-to records. Working on anything painstaking that you might want to recreate down the line? Take photos to help you remember just how you achieved that magical effect with a Christmas tree or Thanksgiving table setting.  Similarly, take step-by-step shots of anything you dismantle that contains many parts. If you get confused during the reassembly phase, just refer to the photos for a reminder of what goes where.
12. Digital Camera as Periscope - Oops -- you think you heard something fall but you're not sure. Reach behind an appliance, inside a crevice or into a dark corner and take a digital picture so you can see what's going on there first. That way, you can avoid any unnecessary heavy lifting.  
13. Parking lot SOS. Do you invariably forget where you parked your car in those huge public lots? Take a snapshot of the location and level number just in case you get lost on the way back. It might save you a ton of walking.
14. House buying/renting. It's hard to keep track of the details when your agent has taken you to view several houses in one day. Take snapshots of each one to compare and discuss later. Same goes when shopping for other large purchases, like furniture.  Once you've agreed to buy or rent a property, there's usually a delay before you can actually move in. In the interim, those snaps will be a huge help as you visualize where to put your furniture and which rooms need repainting.
15.  Digital Camera as Reference Tool - Starting a project that requires you to disassemble something -- say removing a plumbing obstruction, cleaning an oscillating fan, or replacing your vacuum cleaner's drive belt? Snap some photos of the intact piece, then snap several more during the course of the dismantling. This way, when you're ready to reassemble, you can scroll backwards through the images on your digital camera to guide you. 
16. In a car crash? If you're able, take pictures of all the vehicles involved just in case of an insurance dispute later.
17. Subway or stadium map. Take one good photo of the entire map. You can refer to it again and again, zooming in and out as needed.
18. Before checking your suitcases at the airport, take a photo. You never know, it may help the relocation effort if they go walk-about due to mishandling.
19. Hotel or hostel name difficult to pronounce? Take a picture of the building and maybe the nearby street signs. If you're in a foreign country, it might be easier to show your taxi driver a photo of your hotel rather than trying to pronounce the name and location.
20. Traveling with kids? Take a snapshot of your child each morning once they're dressed for the day. If you get separated, the photo will be invaluable for showing to passersby or the authorities.
21. Avoid rental car scams. Take extensive photos of any rental car before you've driven it. Use the date/time stamp on your camera, too.
22. Photocopy fliers. Forget trying to remember all the details of that concert or yard sale. Just take a snapshot for later.
23. Digital Camera as Label Maker -Plastic shoe boxes are a great way to organize your closet -- but then you have to go through twenty boxes to find the one pair of shoes you want to wear. Instead, take a digital picture of each pair, print them from your home office and mount each image of the outside of its respective box. You'll find the pair you're looking for easily -- and you won't feel so guilty for having so many shoes.

24.  Digital Camera as Magnifying Glass - Eyes not what they used to be? Even if you've got perfect vision, the zoom function on a digital camera can make things much more crisp than the naked eye can. Keep your digital camera handy while you DIY, and take a picture of that little detail or that very fine print. Then zoom in all the way.
~ by Diane Rixon

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Trashing old credit cards? Be careful!

 
In a world of escalating identity theft, one man's trash is another man's excuse to help himself to a new line of credit. Making a few halfhearted snips with the scissors to your old credit cards just won't cut it anymore. Dumpster divers intent on looking for account numbers do not need much. Experts say even shredded cards can be pieced together by an earnest thief.
     "Anything you put out on the street, you're saying, 'Have at it,'" said Jim Stickley, the author of "The Truth About Identity Theft" and a security expert who has done more than his share of picking through trash to identify security breaches for corporate clients.
     Much of the identity theft that touches millions of Americans each year could can be prevented with a few simple measures that take less than a minute. Here are six tips for doing it right:

1. Properly cut up your credit cards 
  • Scissors can do a fine job of destroying a credit card -- provided you use them correctly.
  • After suffering from several cases of both credit card and identity fraud, blogger Jim Wang of Bargaineering.com developed a system for cutting his cards that involves slicing each set of four numbers into six pieces.  Make sure you also cut through your signature and the magnetic stripe on the card.
2. Completely shred your cards and documents
  • Shredders can also do the trick, but be sure your shredder is designed to handle credit cards and has a crosscutting function.  Such machines are typically twice the price of a normal shredder but still less than $100 -- worth the price to protect your credit.
3. Destroy magnetic stripes and chips
  • Wang recommends taking an extra step to deactivate a card's magnetic stripe and, if there is one, its RFID chip. To scramble the data in the magnetic stripe, run a very strong magnet along it.
  • Apply scissors or a hammer to the chip embedded in the card, as "all the information stored on the card is also stored on the magnetic stripe and the chip," Wang said. This takes just a few extra seconds.
4. Trash tip: Bag the pieces separately
  • To prevent curbside identity theft, deposit the pieces of your destroyed credit card into different trash cans around your house. The idea is that some receptacles are emptied more frequently than others, so if half of your destroyed credit card goes to the curb with the kitchen trash one week, the other half will go out with your office trash a different week. This makes it nearly impossible for a thief to piece together your entire account number.
5. The recycling myth: It's not safer than trash
  • It's an unexplainable yet prevalent myth that recycling bins are somehow safer than trash bins for credit cards, statements and other sensitive documents, Stickley said. They are not. At a recycling center, materials pass through a conveyor belt, and employees pick through items to make sure only recyclable materials get through. Stickley said confidential information could easily be taken off the conveyor belt by someone who's looking for it.
  • If you want to recycle an item containing your account information, shred it first -- preferably with a crosscut shredder -- and follow the steps for bagging the pieces separately for maximum security.
6. Fire: The foolproof method
  • Of course, one way to completely eliminate any chance of credit card or identity theft is to incinerate all card-related documentation. Though it might not be the most Earth-friendly activity, credit cards can be melted down, and credit card statements, applications and blank checks from credit card companies can be burned.  "We use our bills for kindling. All our bills go into a bag right next to our fireplace," Stickley said.
With average identity fraud losses hovering around $5,000 per person, taking a minute to destroy your credit cards and sensitive documents is a no-brainer. Turns out that if you get creative with your methods, it can actually be pretty fun, too.


This article was reported by Cynthia J. Drake

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