Sunday, February 25, 2007

"How To Build A Compost Heap"

Building a compost heap is easy and cheap, since most of your ingredients are already being created right in your kitchen. Items such as egg shells, coffee grounds, and pieces of vegetables that normally would go down your disposal or in your garbage can.

Before we begin I'd like to make it clear that my experience with building a compost heap is targeted at those who live in a warm climate and have lots of sunshine and a constant source of green grass. That while the ingredients will be the same, no matter what part of the country you live in. The actual breakdown of those ingredients will depend entirely on the amount of sun, water and warm temperatures your compost heap recieves.

Having said that, Let's begin.

Fresh compost is some of the most fertile and nutrient filled fertilizer that you can use to create sweet, juicy, healthy fruits and vegetables. I don't believe there is a store bought fertilizer that even comes close to what you can produce right in your own backyard.

The size of your vegetable garden will determine the amount of compost you'll want to produce. Adjust your amounts accordingly.

If you want to contain your compost you can build yourslf a compost bin. This can be achieved by sinking 4 two by fours or four by fours a couple of feet into the ground to for a square and wrapping them on 3 sides with chicken wire, leaving the front open for easy access. If not, a simple pile works equally as well.

Step #1
Using a clean 5 gallon bucket with a lid, begin saving your kitchen garbage in it. Dump items such as coffee grounds, egg shells, and parts of vegetables you normally would throw away when making a salad etc. A friend use to say when cleaning her vegetables, "Here's one for the pot and one for Mother Earth." Nothing got past the compost bucket. There are some things you don't want to put in your compost bucket, such as meat and grease. You can put bones in provided they've been stripped clean of meat and ground up. You don't want to attract unwanted rodents to your pile as the items mentioned above do not break down well nor as quickly. Once you've got a substantial amount in your bucket you'll be ready for the next step.

Step #2
Take some freshly cut grass clippings and make a layer about 4 inches thick. The area you cover will depend on the size of your pile or the size of your bin and of course the amount of fresh grass clippings you have at your disposal. (The Author had a pretty good size garden and had a local landscaper drop off several large garbage bags full of clippings, whenever he was in the area.)

Step #3
Using either a scoop or your hands, spread a healthy layer of kitchen garbage from your bucket onto the grass clippings.

Step #4
Apply a fine dusting of steer manure ontop of the garbage and lightly water the entire surface.

Repeat this process over and over until your heap is approx. 3 to 4 feet high.

Step #5
Keep an eye on your heap making sure it hasn't dried up and stopped cooking. Every couple of days stick a pitch fork in the center and lift. You should be able to see it starting to darken or you'll see steam or smoke. The size of the heap should also be shrinking. If you think it stopped cooking add a small amount of water and it will resume the composting process.

You should also be able to detect a rich, pungent aroma from your heap, alerting you that it's just about ready to use. This will occur in 4 or 5 weeks.

Step #6
Turn the pile over at 4 weeks time, water lightly.

When ready apply generously to your plants. Don't cover them up. Just use enough so that it comes up to the second or 3rd branches on the baby plants. Water Generously.

Your Veggies are gonna love you for it by producing some of the most delicious vegetables and fruit that you've ever eaten. They will also be very prolific. So if you don't plan on canning what grows, your neighbors are going to enjoy what your producing.

There You Have It! Quick and Easy! As Always - Happy Gardening!

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Friday, February 23, 2007

How To Paint Paintable Wallpaper

How To Paint Paintable Wallpaper

Before we begin you must understand that if you are a novice painter and don't have any skills with common painting handtools, you'd be doing yourself a favor by letting a professional Paint Contractor handle this task of painting paintable wallpaper.

While this undertaking is not rocket science it does indeed require a bit of expertise. Having said that, We will begin.

Step #1 - Preparation.
Examine your wallpaper and using a drywall knife, cut away any curled up, loose edges, especially at the top and bottom edges where the wallpaper meets the baseboard, crown molding, and the seems where the wallpaper butts together.

Next, you will need to fill the cut away areas using drywall, all purpose joint compound. Fill the recessed areas with the joint compound, using a 5 or 6 inch taping knife, and wipe the surrounding areas clean by increasing the angle of your taping knife. This will leave the compound in the recesses while leaving the surrounding area clean.

After the joint compound dries, you will in all probability have to apply a second coat of compound to finish the patching process.

Once dried, feel your patches by rubing your fingers across them, making sure the patch is flush with the existing wallpaper. A good rule of thumb is, if you can feel it, you can see it.

Satisfied that the patch work is complete, with a damp sponge, wipe away any excess joint compound from the areas surrounding your patches.

Step #2 - Priming
What you are attempting to achieve with priming the surface is to form a moisture barrier between the new paint and the wallpaper adhesive. Most wallpaper adhesives are water soluable and if you don't prime the surface with a good oil based primer you run the risk of loosening the wallpaper adhesive which will create bubbles and possibly cause the wallpaper to seperate from the wall.

With a brush and roller apply a coat of oil based Kilz. (Kilz being the brand name you'll ask for at your home improvement center.) Follow the directions on the can allowing to dry completely. Repeat with a second coat, insuring that a good moisture barrier has been achieved.

Step #3 - Apply Finish Coat Of Paint
By this time you will have picked the color of your top coat. Using your latex (Water Based) Top Coat, Apply as many coats as necessary to cover the white primer. As a side note, you could have your primer tinted at the paint store to match your finish coat so that you don't run into coverage problems with you finish coat.

Well, there you have it. As I said in the beginning, If you feel this is a bit more than you want to tackle, you always have the option of calling in a Paint Contractor.

Good Luck and Happy Home Improving!

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Monday, February 19, 2007

Cell Phone Recycling Makes Good Cents

Hi Everyone!

I came across this article and thought it to be relevant to a growing need as well as a growing problem. "Some Food For Thought".

Cell Phone Recycling Makes Good Cents
by Dan Gray

What do you do with your old cell phone after you pick up a new model? If you’re like me, you end up tossing it in a drawer, rather than in the trash. Of course, if you are like my wife or daughter, you aren’t burdened with what to do with that old cell phone. You simply lose it. Well, not that simply …You have to run it through the washing machine and drop it in the ocean, first.

Ah, but that’s another story …

I’m at the point where I want, no make that need, to replace my old T-Mobile Sidekick. I’ve gotten two good years out of the trusty old Sidekick, but it’s clearly seen a better day. I was an early adopter and picked up a black and white unit the first week it was released (when the black and white model was all there was). Being the early adopter, I took the (black and white) arrows in the forehead.

This tired little Sidekick has come down with a frustrating case of sticky keys. I have to hammer certain letters in order for them to register. (That’s not a lot of fun on a night like tonight when I’m thumb typing my column while sitting in a chilly car at soccer practice.)

So push has come to shove and I’m ready to retire the beast.

When you get down to it, cell phone recycling makes good sense … For a number of reasons. Cell phones and their batteries (not to mention other electronic gear) contain too many toxins to be merely thrown in the trash. All that bad stuff shouldn’t end up in a landfill where it can leach into the water supply. When a cell phone is recycled, rather than discarded, those toxins are kept out of the water table.

But it’s not just about the environment.

There are philanthropic and monetary considerations with regard to cell phone recycling, as well. You’ll find a number of charities that accept the donation of old cell phones. These charities are able to sell or repurpose the old phones for a greater good. The Wireless Foundation’s cell phone recycling programs are a great example. Donate A Phone recycles cell phones to raise funds for a number of chartities, while Call To Protect collects retired cell phones to give to victims of domestic violence for use as a lifeline.

If your personal financial situation is tight, you may want to look into one of the companies that promise to pay you for your old cell. I found one company that was offering $65 for old Sidekicks. Pretty cool stuff, if it works out. It’s not just recycled, it’s a nice chunk of change towards the new unit.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Article Marketing and Backlinks

Article Marketing and Backlinks

Article marketing is probably the most effective link building strategy on the World Wide Web. Yet, It is also one that is the most under used. Most marketers just will not do it. Their claims vary, saying I'm no writer, I can't think of anything to say, I'm new and don't know anything!

Let's say the reasons above happen to be true.

They overlook the obvious alternatives.

With everybody and their brother hustling Private Label Articles on the web for as little as $29.95 for a hundred or more pre written articles there is no reason you can't pick up some of these packages, rewrite them and claim them as your own. You may even find packages for alot less. It's just a matter of weeding out the junk from the better articles. Making sure the article content is valid. The return on your initial investment will be significant in terms of the backlinks you'll recieve.

A couple of really good PLR article sites that come to mind and have used myself are and Once you've been a member and developed some writing skills you can submit your own articles to which takes care of your monthly membership fee.

Those backlinks are food for the search engine spyders. You'll recieve those backlinks to your site by utilizing the main resource of your article. That being your author bio or resource box at the bottom of your article. This is what the search engine spyders feed on. This is where your backlinks originate.

There are alot of marketers that don't utilize this resource to its full advantage, myself included. I'd previously been led to believe that in order to make money writing articles all I needed to do was write an article and put a link to whatever affiliate program I was promoting in the resource box and watch the sales pour in. It wasn't happening. And I wasn't getting any traffic to my main website. Any and all traffic was going to the generic affiliate page. Raising their ranking and leaving my site as a virtual unknown.

The purpose of the article's resource box is to create backlinks to my main site via the anchor text I use to point to that site. It is what the search spyders use to categorize, classify and identify your site. Let me clarify that.

Let's say you've got a Dog Grooming Site and you've written an article on that Topic. Your resource box should contain anchor text targeting the keywords you want to be categorized under. Like so,


Joe Schmo is a Professional < href=""> Dog Groomer < /a > You can get more < href=""> Dog Grooming < /a > Tips by visiting his site at < href=""> < /a >


Your anchor text would be Dog Grooming and Dog Groomer. Of course the example above needs to have the symbols > < moved closer to the text for the code to work.

If you add a resource box similar to the one above with every article you write and submit to as many article directories as you can, It will begin to bring traffic in droves, to your main site.

The rule of thumb here is this: The more sites you have pointing to your site, The more traffic your going to get from the search engines. The site with the most backlinks wins. Meaning the best placement in search results for your given niche.

Pretty simple, wouldn't you say? More Articles = More Backlinks = More Traffic!

You'll be able to build a list of targeted subscribers to your newsletter, make affiliate sales, sign up people to your membership site or MLM program. Your options will be only limited by your imagination.

I cannot guarantee if you submit 5 articles to a hundred directories, you’ll get 500 back links! I can guarantee that if you do, you'll have more than if you did nothing.

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Here is a list of Websites where you can submit your articles:

Using articles as a method of Search Engine Optimazation is certainly viable and like anything worthwhile isn't easy. It is not a magic bullet. It takes constant persistent effort and if you stick to it, no matter what, it will reward you beyond your wildest imagination.

In addition to your articles another great source of backlinks is by submitting your site to Link Directories such as:

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Sunday, February 11, 2007

10 Tips For Seniors Dating

10 Tips For Seniors Dating

First dates can be uncomfortable situations and they can end up being painfully awkward at the very least. So how do you handle it?

Below are 10 tips to help you and your date get started as painless as possible:

1. Drive yourself. Don't meet at each other's house. Just in case you want to end the date early, you'll have the option of leaving and not feel trapped. You'll also not open your self up for the impulse to invite your date in. Safety is also an issue to consider. Having your own car helps to insure this. You don't want your date to know where you live, especially if it wasn't a pleasant experience. Which helps to avoid a date turning into a stalking nightmare.

2. Keep it simple First dates can create jittery nerves. Jittery nerves and complex plans do not mix. Make it simple and fun.

3. Men, be as polite as possible when ending the date, express to her that you're interested. This first impression will make you stand out.

4. Women, don't wear anything provocative or too sexy. This sounds like an old cliché but first impressions last. Your date won't know anything about you except for how you look and how you behave. He will take you at face value and giving him the wrong impression on what sort of person you are is not something you want to do.

5. Try and wear clothing that makes you confident and that you are comfortable wearing. It will be uncomfortable enough without worrying about that tightness around your waist or the itchy necktie.

6. Men, try to be specific about where you are going for the date. This will make the entire affair more comfortable and it prepares your date for what to expect and what to wear. Wearing a cocktail dress to a fast food joint is definitely out!

7. Ask your date about himself/herself. A healthy interest in getting to know your date is a good sign to show. This means that you want to learn about and think of your date as an interesting person. Remember, the most interesting conversationalists are those who ask about others. Great topics are work, hobbies and sports. Just keep it light and conversational.

8. Try not to overdo the perfume or the cologne. Too strong and the scent can be quite distracting. It's very hard to complete an evening out if your date is dazed by the smell.

9. Mouthwash is important. Also, brush your teeth and bring a couple of mints if you're eating out.

10. And always remember... have fun and be yourself!

As you can see Tips For Seniors Dating is not at all different than any other dating tips. Seniors are people too! The same rules apply to all.

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Friday, February 09, 2007

You Can Be As Happy As You Want To Be

Almost everyone have heard the hit single 'Don't Worry, Be Happy' by Bobby McFerrin. The song has a very catchy way of conveying its message of being happy to everyone. Bobby Mcferiin's simple message surely made a lot of people by telling them not to worry.

Living a happy, resilient and optimistic life is wonderful, and is also good for your health. Being happy actually protects you from the stresses of life. Stress is linked to top causes of death such as heart disease, cancer and stroke.

One of the better things ever said is - 'The only thing in life that will always remain the same is change', and in our life we have the power to make the necessary changes if we want to. Even if we find ourselves in an unbearable situation we can always find solace in the knowledge that it too would change.

Social networks or relationships are essential to happiness. People are different, accept people for who or what they are, avoid clashes, constant arguments, and let go of all kinds of resentments. If arguments seem unavoidable still try and make an effort to understand the situation and you might just get along with well with

Happiness is actually found in everyone, increasing it is a way to make a life more wonderful and also more healthy.

To be happy is relatively easy, just decide to be a happy person. Abraham Lincoln observed that most people for most of the time can choose how happy or stressed, how relaxed or troubled, how bright or dull their outlook to be. The choice is simple really, choose to be happy.

There are several ways by which you can do this.

Being grateful is a great attitude. We have so much to be thankful for. Thank the taxi driver for bringing you home safely, thank the cook for a wonderful dinner and thank the guy who cleans your windows. Also thank the mailman for bringing you your mails, thank the policeman for making your place safe and thank God for being alive.

News is stressful. Get less of it. Some people just can't start their day without their daily dose of news. Try and think about it, 99% of the news we hear or read is bad news. Starting the day with bad news does not seem to be a sensible thing to do.

A religious connection is also recommended. Being part of a religious group with its singing, sacraments, chanting, prayers and meditations foster inner peace.

Manage your time. Time is invaluable and too important to waste. Time management can be viewed as a list of rules that involves scheduling, setting goals, planning, creating lists of things to do and prioritizing. These are the core basics of time management that should be understood to develop an efficient personal time management skill. These basic skills can be fine tuned further to include the finer points of each skill that can give you that extra reserve to make the results you desire.

Laugh and laugh heartily everyday. Heard a good joke? Tell your friends or family about it. As they also say -'Laughter is the best medicine'.

Express your feelings, affections, friendship and passion to people around you. They will most likely reciprocate your actions. Try not to keep pent up anger of frustrations, this is bad for your health. Instead find ways of expressing them in a way that will not cause more injury or hurt to anyone.

Working hard brings tremendous personal satisfaction. It gives a feeling of being competent in finishing our tasks. Accomplishments are necessary for all of us, they give us a sense of value. Work on things that you feel worthy of your time.

Learning is a joyful exercise. Try and learn something new everyday. Learning also makes us expand and broaden our horizons. And could also give us more opportunities in the future.

Run, jog, walk and do other things that your body was made for. Feel alive.

Avoid exposure to negative elements like loud noises, toxins and hazardous places.

These are the few simple things you can do everyday to be happy.

And always remember the quote from Abraham Lincoln, he says that, "Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be."

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