Like I have told you before, I love gadgets. The only problem is I hate to buy them when they first come out because that’s usually when they have all the ‘bugs’ in them. Then you’ve spent your hard, very hard sometimes, but hard earned money on a dud. I work to hard to buy a dud, know what I mean? I like to find reviews of new products so I have a little better idea that they’re what they say they are. You know, they do what they’re supposed to do and are worth going out and buying it.
I came across this web site that gives you a guide on the Hottest Products. It’s called PLR Membership Sites and even though you have to be a member, it’s worth it to get an accurate product review. There are sites on just about everything from A to Z. Some that caught my eye were Alternative & Renewable energy, Customer Service Software, Dating on the Internet, Foreign Languages, and even Grants Directory.
There are a lot of people who are so caught up in the entertainment industry and all the celebrity gossip that they cannot imagine skipping the Golden Globes Awards tonight. I’m pretty sure there are still some people who take going to the movies very seriously. One of my married friends has a long term standing date with his wife to go to dinner and the movies every single Friday night – no exceptions.
The last movie I saw in the movie theater pretty much convinced me that I cannot afford a regular movie going habit. The price of two movie tickets plus a tub of popcorn and two drinks was about $50. That is just crazy expensive. A family of four would blow $100 on just one movie. Who can do that in today’s economy?
I looked at the IMDB web site for a list of all the nominees and I have to admit that I have not seen any of the movies nominated and only one or two of the TV shows nominated. It would not be fair for me to offer an opinion on who should win any of the awards – I have not seen them and would only be voting on previous roles or scuttlebutt from the office water cooler.
I wait until morning and read the list of winners in the newspaper or maybe one of the online sites. For me, watching the Golden Globes would be a total waste of time and attention, so I’ll be skipping the awards show tonight.
I usually don’t mind winter – especially just the colder temperatures. I don’t even mind snow very much, if I do not have to drive it it and be someplace important by a particular time. Otherwise, driving on snow is stressful because the people around here freak out and cause a lot of wrecks, tying up traffic. And they tend to close school at the mere mention of snow – before the first flake even touches the ground!
The biggest danger in this area from winter weather is an ice storm. Snow does not do anywhere near as much damage to trees and property as ice does. The ice is heavy and takes down entire trees and electric poles, as well as making roads treacherous to drive.
This January we have already had some snow and ice, and the Farmer’s Almanac is forecasting a lot of very cold weather this winter. I think January was bring us a lot of snow this year. I predict the kids will be missing a lot of school because of the weather this winter.
Before the holidays get here, I would like to remind everyone to test their smoke alarms at home and also at work if you have any responsibility for that.
I have already seen that there have been several fires in my area where people have lost their homes. There are always a lot of fires this time of year when things are dry, and many are caused from decorations people put up for the Christmas holidays. Sometimes too many lights overload the electric circuit. Another danger with outside lights is that sometimes squirrels get on your roof and chew on the wires. And really old lights can get frayed from being unwrapped, hung up, taken down and wrapped again.
Chimney fires are also very dangerous and totally preventable if you just have your chimney checked and serviced regularly by a chimney sweep. If you use the fireplace more than 3 or 4 times each winter, you should have the chimney checked annually. if you burn soft woods like pine or burn those paper logs in your fireplace, you will have more creosote build up in your chimney than if you burn just hardwoods like seasoned oak. An honest chimney sweep will tell you if it needs cleaning or can wait a season, and it does not have to be expensive.
So, be very careful and make sure everything, from the holiday lights to your chimney, is in working order. Make sure your fire extinguishers are good as well. Remember that it is better to be safe then sorry.
No matter where you live there are many stray or hurt animals that need help. The local shelters are inundated with animals and many of them work completely off of donations. With the Holiday season fast approaching, many find this time of year the one where they give them most. I would encourage you to also give to your local shelters, so that they can take care of the lost and lonely animals that are so in need of help. A quick search on the internet will tell you where they are all located in your area and you can find out which ones are in need of assistance.
Remember also before you give a pet as a Christmas gift that it is a lifetime commitment and you must be certain that you have the space available and the time, as well as money to care for it. Children love animals, but can easily get bored with it. Make sure you realize that it is something that you are taking on rather than your child taking it on. Have a happy holiday season and don’t forget our little friends whether they are furry or not.