Pets are like family to most people. Imagine the surprise when a new member of the family is a parakeet. What a pleasure that is until, a full bodied parakeet barked like a dog. This even alarmed the dog. Now he had competition.
Is the Dandelion a weed, medicine or a green salad?
With the coming of spring thaw comes the arrival of pretty yellow flowers on long green stems. Out stretched leaves at its base resemble teeth. This plant is both loved and hated. This is the dandelion. Classified as a noxious weed, dandelions have gained a reputation for being stubborn when trying to eradicate them from lush green lawns.
The common dandelion arrived in North America from Europe. It is assumed, likely correctly, to have hitched a ride across the Atlantic with the Colonist. Once arriving and finding growing conditions favorable, it spread rapidly until today they are found across the continent in temperate climate areas.
Getting a Bad Rap
Common dandelions may have received a bad rap. European history makes clear dandelions were used for medicinal purposes. Its scientific name - Taraxacum Officinale, which in French means; Official Remedy for Disorders. This may be the reason annihilation of the dandelion weed, or plant has such high priority. If it has natural medicinal benefits, it could pose a threat to profit margins of non-natural medicines.
A quick inspection of a noxious weed chart reveals this plant as a noxious weed. It does have the ability to make life very uncomfortable for both animal and man, if eaten in quantity. Trips to the restroom will take up the major part of eaters day. However, a number of benefits are found in this plant.
Eating Dandelion Plants
If leaves of a young and tender dandelion are picked, before it flowers, they can be eaten in salads raw or cooked. According to an article that can be found at; www.gardensalive.com/article.asp?=964; “eating ½ cup serving supplies 300% of the RDA of the cancer fighting nutrient beta-carotene – plus nice amounts of vitamins, calcium, magnesium, and potassium”. This is according to Mike, the author of the article quoted. He goes on to discuss ways to cook this unwanted weed marked for destruction.
Old timers and some of our grandparents have spoken of eating dandelion salads, and dandelion greens. Researchers may have come across a recipe for a green casserole made from this weed mixed with other leafy vegetables or it may be the only green required. In any case, it no doubt has its pros and cons.
Removing the Weeds
Even though it may have serious positive benefits, many people demand this plant leave their lawns and go to sizeable expense to see it gone. In some cases, ridding one’s lawn of the plant that produces pretty yellow flowers is a job to be done by hand. Some people get down on the ground and dig out each plant with a hand tool. Others call professionals and schedule an appointment to have their lawns chemically treated.
If lawns are chemically treated, newly sprouting seeds will be killed before they can grow. This method may promise a weed free lawn for many months, before another treatment is needed. For do it yourselfers, companies such as Scott’s produce very good weed killer products. For more information on their products enter www.scotts.com. Information for other manufacturers can be found by searching “chemical weed killers” on the internet.
Another alternative is to use a chemical-free method. By using a combination of 5% regular household vinegar and lemon juice, a powerful and deadly for plants – home remedy can be created. This will also do the job without the chemical aftertaste, so to speak. For directions and advice on this method go to www.whyy.org/91FM/ybyg/index.html.
People that want to get their hands into it should keep one thing in mind. When digging up dandelion weeds, their roots could be up to 3 feet long. When removing dandelions, if the root is broken or cut off just below the surface - that same weed will return stronger than before. Using a tool with at least an 18 inch shaft to get deep into the soil, and prevent the root from breaking near the surface will give better results.
The common dandelion plant has been in North America since the Colonist arrived. How home owner chooses to deal with them is up to the homeowner. In view of their medicinal properties and benefits, eradication may not be the best solution. Making a nice green tossed salad from dandelion leaves may not be on the menu for the Olive Garden, but many more benefits may be underfoot if we learn what our ancestors knew about eating dandelions and other wild plants.
Millions of people battle with sleepless nights and days. One could say; The world never sleeps. That may not be entirely true.
At any time of a 24 hour period, some part of the world is asleep, for the most part. The preference to sleep when desired is a powerful one. The reasons for wanting sleep are varied.
It could be a result of boredom, or fatigue. No matter the reason, we all attempt to sleep at some time. That is the problem. Is this a major issue - yes. Not being able to sleep when sleep is necessary can result fatigue, illness and injury. Investigating reasons for failing to sleep has become a major point of study. Hopefully, more solutions will be available in the near future.
Sleep studies performed by qualified facilities are currently researching to answer these issues. With their help, much has been learned. This may be little consolation for those suffering, but something is being done. For more information research can start with this link; www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/sleep-studies. This is just a place to start - final solutions may vary with the individual.
Believe it or not, there is one global company delivering a great product, at a great price and with great service. Vistaprint N. V. is such a company. Trading on the NASDAQ exchange under symbol (VPRT), Vistaprint is not old fashioned, but delivers old fashioned service and follow-up. Documented receiving over 57,000 orders daily worldwide, Vistaprint consistently delivers on promises to customers.
Recently I found myself in need of business cards. After searching on the internet, I settled on Vistaprint.com and placed and order. As promised my order was in my hands in less than a week. This allowed me to stay on track with my plans and schedule. The quality was great as promised and made me happy with my selection. I was impressed a company that size could deliver so quickly. For small businesses and individuals needing printing of nearly any type from business cards through marketing services, giving Vistaprint a look may be a good idea.
My research has revealed Vistaprint’s manufacturing process is advanced and patented, allowing for fast turnaround and high production. They can complete and ship most orders in three days in most cases, and follow-up with email contacts concerning customer satisfaction and their work. All this combined shows a well managed business focusing on the customer first.
Small businesses are confronted at every turn by the challenges of business. Often one person or a small group, are the business. They are all wearing different hats and can little afford missed deadlines and excessive spending. For this reason services provided by Vistaprint are so important. Providing products and services for 8 million small businesses and consumers per year is no small accomplishment.
Mistakes and poor attention to customers and details could cut deeply into business volume and reputation of any business enterprise. It appears Vistaprints management team has their focus in the right direction. Simply put, this is one company that does not make the little guy feel as if he has been forgotten.
Country living with city convenience. Welcome to the Deli.
Sandwich on Country Road
City folk live in an isolated existence. Most of what they know is limited to where they live; their block, route or routine. Some think country folk “cling to their religion and guns”. Thank you for noticing President Obama, but we do, and like it that way. However, in Johnston County North Carolina we also cling to country living and our Deli.
Take a drive down N.C. highway 39 a few miles south of Zebulon and you will pass a brick country store by the name of Creech’s Deli and Market. To the locals it’s called “The Deli”. The building itself is over seventy years old, or older. In April 2004 Bill and Melissa Galarneau opened for business.
Bill, originally from the Hudson Valley area of New York State showed he possessed the personality and stamina for country living and doing business. He’s not a soft city boy. Born and raised in New York State his parent introduced him to hard work at an early age and their teachings stuck with him. As a result, he was prepared for a little tougher living in rural Johnston County, North Carolina.
Bill and Melissa made Creech’s Deli and Market, “The Deli”, a comfortable and pleasant place to stop, shop or just have a hot dog, or roast beef on rye. They are friendly people with an eye for detail and a very good sense of humor. Most of their customers are like family and treat Bill and Melissa the same.
Any traveler stopping by will be tempted to delay their journey for a spell and take in all the deli has to offer. No one will be surprised if your stop and stare at the face of an old man carved into a chunk of wood. Concerned about your weight, step up on the old grain scale – it’s pretty close to right. Pulling up a chair and staying a while is normal. If that is not what you had in mind, go outside and take a seat in the shade. The food is yours; eat it where you like. No one will mind – as long as you brought your good manners with you.
For Bill, Melissa and their kids the store is like their home. To Quote Bill, “The store is my home. Treat my house with respect.” That was not a casual statement. For those who don’t know, if you’re caught disrespecting the store or anyone in it; you will be asked to leave. It’s his business - can you blame him.
Of the mix of customers coming and going through “The Deli” door, many are related to each other. This contributes to the feeling of community and family. Bill has said nearly half of his customers are over the age of fifty and appreciate the respect shown them and required in his store.
Discussions and conversations flow comfortably and a bit of “horse trading” goes on between customers and Bill over coffee or soda and a sandwich. Even though it’s a deli, it is also an unofficial meeting place. Bill and Melissa like it that way.
They understand and appreciate the conservative attitudes as well as the inviting feeling their customers offer. They understand service and know it is as important in a community as religion, dollars, business and politics. At “The Deli” you can find good food, good cold drinks and good people. Come on by, order a sandwich or hot dog and sit awhile. You know you can find the time.
Coffee drinkers facing the slow death of their prized coffee maker may wisely consider replacing it with a Cuisinart coffee maker. Desiring a perfectly brewed cup of coffee can’t be sacrificed to a poor quality machine.
Three years ago, I moved into my new place. My old coffee maker had been doing a pretty good job, but was getting closer to its end. On a cold December morning, I rose with a desperate desire for that first cup of java. Adding coffee grounds and water to my coffee maker, I pressed start – nothing happened. I waited 5 minutes, still nothing. In disgust and disappointment, I showered and went to work, grabbing a cup of store coffee on the way. After work my one and only stop was the shopping center. I wanted and needed a coffee maker.
After comparing price and features, I decided going for the cheaper brands would only satisfy me for a short time. Now willing to spend a bit more, I settled on the Cusinart line.
After paying for may selection with my Visa Credit Card. I was comfortable in my selection. Besides, if it was not what it claimed to be and do, I could challenge the purchase and return the coffee maker.
At home, I carefully followed the steps and in no time at all, I had a delicious, hot cup of coffee. That was two years ago, and I am still drinking delicious coffee ever morning or any time I want.
Consumers do not have to make the trek to Sears as I did, they can make their selections online at cuisinart.coffeemakersonsale.us http://cuisinart.coffeemakersonsale.us. For my money, Cusinart has delivered as promised and is likely to continue to do so for years to come.
Thursday night, March 25, 2010, the Democrat controlled Congress passed the final piece of landmark health care reform. This completed the process, leaving only a few avenues to stop this new law. The House, under direction of Nancy Pelosi, approved the bill by a vote of 220 to 207. No Republicans voted in favor. This means, the new health care bill is the sole ownership of the Democrat Party.
News of the passage went out on all news services including; www.newsobserver.com. North Carolina, a Democrat controlled state, stands behind President Barack Obama in his support for the new health care bill. North Carolina also is the home of a number of top notch research and hospital Universities. If this new law does what is promised the medical community will likely see an increase in money, status and break through’s, but when has the advancements and cost promised by Democrats been honest or correct.
Medicare will see significant change under the new law. Started in 1965, Medicare has grown with the force and appetite of an out of control wild fire. Under this new law, millions more will be added to their roles, driving up the cost of this low quality service. President Obama stated on national TV, “Medicare payments will be decreased to doctors under his new program.” This new law will force more doctors out of the business. What will the availability of fewer doctors do to the quality of service delivered?
According the News and Observer, “…extend health insurance 32 million people who currently are uninsured.” What if they did not want to be insured? Now they, like everyone else are going to be order to do so by Health and Human Services.
The entire New Health Care Law is subject to the review. Seldom was the question asked, “Is it Constitutional”? It may be in Russia, or China, or Venezuela, but very doubtful in the United States, if the Federal Courts follow the Constitution.
That is the real question. Our Democrat Congress people and Senators ignored the demands of over 53% of the American people demanding they “Kill the Bill”. Who were they listening to?
It was reported today by Rush Limbaugh on his show, the United Nation approves of President Obama signing the health care bill “time bomb”. This can be verified by going to Rushlimbaugh.com.
Aren’t most of those people devoted Communist and dictators? If they approve of the health care bill and our president, wouldn’t that make him one of them - A communist? If an armed robbery takes place at a bank and the get-away car has a driver, isn’t the driver also guilty of armed robbery?
I don’t think President Obama is behind the wheel of the get-away car. He is in the bank – the President. The Democrat Congress is his staff, and “We the People” are the bank. The robbery is nearing its end. Now, they will start killing people. Of course, it won’t be their fault- it never is.
Those citizens in favor of Obama’s change in the beginning may not cheer so loudly in the end.
“The ignorant and evil cheer loudest before the end arrives.” L. M. O’Neal
With over 53% of the American public demanding health care reform; deform, be stopped, President Obama and the progressive socialist in congress are charging ahead. A display of such total and unrelenting disregard of the American public implies he knows something the public does not, or his agenda is of a degree he can afford to ignore demands to halt.
If he can afford to ignore the will of the people, who has given him such a powerful agenda? What could be promised with such power affording him the arrogance he displays? To stand in such a commanding political position, yet display himself as all knowing and all powerful, would imply he is in the protection of a higher power. Do to his attitude, actions and continuous lies, it can't be the protection of GOD ALL MIGHTY. This leaves him to be a worshiper of "The Lesser God" - Satan. Is he a Satan worshiper? Let's take a look at the pieces.
He changes his answers to fit the audience. That is not a GODLY TRAIT.
He has lied repeatedly about knowledge of the backgrounds of those he appoints. That is not a GODLY TRAIT.
He is in support of abortion and is pushing to force all Americans support this act of murder through federally collected dollars.
That is not a GODLY TRAIT.
He ignores the Constitution of the United States, and makes up the rules as he goes. That is not a GODLY TRAIT.
He pouts like a child when he does not get his way; before threats and arm twisting like a bully not a diplomat. That is not a
He demands his subjects, WE THE PEOPLE, defer what is best for the country in exchange for his legacy. That is not a GODLY TRAIT.
Here are just 5 observations placing him in the camp of hell and Satanic illusions of grandeur, and world domination. If he succeeds in ruling the world, he works for Satan and will be destroyed by his master as will all his followers. Does this make him an honorable American? No. It makes him a communist, American hating pawn for fools of greater power. When all is said and done, he will be sacrificed by those and that which he worships. It's like petting a great white shark - its a pet until it gets hungry. Then you are dinner.
Today at 10:16 AM MARCH 17, 2010; (D) Dennis Kucinich did not give in to the will of President Obama, he is part of the problem with President Obama Progressive Agenda. In a excessively worded televised speech, he stated all the reasons for supporting the Senate Health Care Bill proposed by the Senate. What does this mean?
It means Washington leadership will follow the demands of anyone except the people they claim to represent. The United States of America was not formed as a DEMOCRACY; It was formed and operated as a REPRESENTATIVE REPUBLIC until the progressives from Europe feel in love with taking over America. As a representative Republic, the american citizen is responsible and the government answers to the people. As a democracy, the people will answer to the government. Which system destroys the individual and the will live better. It encourages a willingness to accept what the government gives and do nothing more. One major question stands unasked and therefore unanswered - where will the money help the government collects for 3 years before any health care services are delivered?
The health of America is a huge control mechanism in the hands of the government. It must be understood; "IF THE GOVERNMENT CONTROLS YOUR HEALTH CARE LIFE - THEY CONTROL YOUR HEALTH CARE DEATH.
Will that be Cash or Credit?
In the “good old days”, customers completing their shopping would be asked, “Will that be cash or credit?” In the “good ole days”, most customers would reply, “I’ll pay in cash, I don’t like owing anyone with credit”. Merchants and manufactures alike, preferred transactions were completed in cash. In doing so, all loss ends were tied up. Real money was exchanged for real services and merchandise. That was in our parents and grandparents day. Debt was not America’s worst enemy, but it was coming.
In today’s world, transactions have transformed into, not a question; but a demand business be transacted in credit. Many, if not most business activities are performed using a promise to pay in this manner. This credit is the guarantying of payment by someone else for a fee. The purchaser then pays the guarantor the amount plus fees in the form of monthly payments. Using this method, individuals and entities acquire more stuff, more quickly and more debt.
The proliferation of credit has gained momentum and prestige over the decades through acceptance and promotions of greed. By creating a desire to gain, get and have; credit has been the ideal tool for gaining possessions, or use of possessions and services. As a result, not only has individual’s come to have more, but to owe more.
Purchases made using credit cards, debit cards and other forms of credit, has far out-paced the use of cash. Billions of transactions are performed with the assistance of banks, credit unions and credit processing centers, nearly all charging fees. Promotions are constantly advertised saying, “buy now pay later no credit check”, are bombarding consumers. These offers are aimed at homeowners and renters alike. No credit check means, consumers are paying far more than the true value; no need for a credit check.
Homeowners have been treated to, home buyers tax credits; only to pay more in taxes in a different form. Auto owners were tempted with, “cash for clunkers”; and they increased their debt load. The more often credit is used the deeper the debt hole gets for the user, and the buyer is not the owner until the credit charge is paid in full. They are only the end users and the end payers. For many this is a good system until, there is no money to make the payments. Credit purchasing habits can and will destroy a person, a family, a business, and a country.
As of March 14, 2010, at 8:18:49 GMT; the outstanding debt for the United States was over $12.5 trillion. The estimated population of the United States was 308,004,824 individuals. If divided equally among the citizens, each man, woman and child owes $40,860.29. The national debt is increasing at a rate of $3.99 billion per day. At this rate, how long will it take the United States of America to pay off this debt? One other thing; unemployment is over 10%, and manufacturing is being taxed into bankruptcy until, or unless they leave the country. Now the question is, “Will that be cash or Credit?”
The problem has been identified as the excess and unwise use of credit. As convenient as credit is, use of it has become a boat anchor around the neck of a nation. Leadership in Washington can only see gaining more power more important than paying off debt. Simply put; the more individual citizens owe, the less we have to spend ridding ourselves of real enemies to the people. The use of cash for as many purchases as possible takes profits from credit lenders in the form of lessened fees and charges. Take away their money, you take away their power.
It will be up to the individual and business entities to take control of their financial futures. Depending on someone else, especially government to correct the coarse being traveled is and invitation for disaster. Talk radio host Dave Ramsey gives very good advice and direction on personal and business financial management habits on his website, www.daveramsey.com. The National Foundation for Credit Counseling is another good source at www.nfcc.org. Both are in the business of helping people correct bad decisions concerning credit.
The credit bubble is about to burst. When that happens, THE GREAT DEPRESSION will be a minor blimp on the screen compared to what will hit the United States and the world.
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