The iPhone has better apps

One of the reasons that I don’t have an iPhone is that I purchased a Blackberry Torch a few years ago that has a QWERTY keyboard. I LOVE that keyboard! The QWERTY keyboard makes my life (both personal and work) so much easier when I find myself being forced to text, or send emails, from my cell phone. I don’t like having to use a stylus (I’ll lose it for sure!) and my fat fingers simply make a mess of on-screen typing! So when I found out about the helpful goconnect iphone app I was quite annoyed about how many great apps there are for iPhones, but don’t seem to be available on the Blackberry. I really don’t want a phone that does not have a QWERTY keyboard! Technology can be such a cruel mistress! What to do, what to do!

Has Warmth Become a Luxury?

It is no secret that we find ourselves living in some of the most frightful economic times in recent memory. While the cost of insurance policies, a new pair of shoes or even a simple loaf of bread are on the rise, increasing heating costs in the United Kingdom have been some of the most notable. To put this in perspective, the average cost to heat a home in 2004 was roughly £522 pounds per year. As of November of 2012, this price has risen to an astronomical £1,352 pounds pear year! Although many will naturally focus on the cost of the gas itself, we must not forget that a proper installation and maintenance of modern central heating systems and boilers is absolutely critical to help save money through modern efficiency.

Central Heating Maintenance and Repairs

One of the biggest problems with many older home heating systems is that they may not be burning gas at an optimum level. The end result will naturally be higher fuel costs. Older systems are less energy efficient, will use more gas to heat a home and are obviously prone to breakdowns during the long winter months. What many homeowners require is a free central heating assessment to truly discover how much money they could be saving by switching to a modern and efficient boiler or central heating system. Maintenance costs are low and many such appliances come with up to a ten-year warranty available. Indeed, the benefits of this switch far outweigh the risks of remaining with an older model.

Unique Installation Requirements for the Unique Home

Just as no two homes are alike, so will their heating needs differ. Professional analysts and engineers can help determine which boiler or heating system will prove to be the most efficient available while taking into account what can often times be a rather limited budget. by developing individual solutions for each property, the owner can remain rest assured that he or she is receiving only the most appropriate of heating services. Although a sign of the times is the necessity to curtail certain expenditures, heating should never be considered a luxury.

A Low Price is an Attractive Price

One common misconception is that the quality of one’s home heating unit will directly correlate with the price tag. In this day and age, nothing could be further from the truth. Rather, many top-line brand names are available at unbeatable prices and with VAT, labour and parts included, there will be no hidden fees at the end of a repair or installation. In fact, there may even be the opportunity to win free boilers under certain circumstances.

Winter is closer than we may think. There is no time better than the present to consider choosing a company that provides the warmth and comfort that every home deserves.

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Easter decorations

For the past several years we have gotten out of the habit of decorating, and celebrating Easter at our house. Life has just gotten so hectic. Our children have grown up and moved away from home. It seems almost pointless to pull out the boxes of Easter decorations that are stored in the basement and put the resin Easter bunnies in the garden that borders the path from the driveway to the front door. In fact, this is one time of the year that I sometimes feel a little bit melancholy for those years gone-by.

Easter egg decorations (free clip art)

Easter egg decorations (free clip art)

When Josie invited the Red Hat Ladies to come over to her house this month to have an Easter crafting party, I was hesitant to accept the invitation. Sure, getting together with the ladies is always fun, and I really enjoy crafting a lot, but sometimes when I get involved in crafting things around a holiday I start to feel a little bit melancholy for the old days when the kids were small and excitement was in the air when the seasonal decorating rituals began.

Lighted willow branches

Lighted willow branches

Josie was telling me that she had ordered some LED illuminated willow branches online from and we were going to use the Easter decorations from the crafting party to decorate it. After we finished decorating it, we would drive over to the local nursing home, visit with some of the residents there, and donate it to them. That’s when I decided that I should go ahead and accept the invitation to the party.

After all, one of the best ways to forget your own troubles is to do something nice for someone else. I think that making decorations, using them to decorate branches that look like a tree, then letting the local nursing home use it to liven up the common space in their facilities just might help me forget about my own empty-nester sad thoughts. It also might put a little bit of joy in the lives of the nursing home residents and employees at the same time.

Splash of Color

I never realized how many different shades of red there are until I bought these two pots of geraniums and brought them home. They are not very close in color to the azalea bush, but hanging them half way across the yard takes away some of the clash. I love geraniums – they are very low maintenance and add such a nice splash of color to your home for several months. If I’m lucky, these will last from April until well into October.


Glow in the Dark Legs

We have had the last of the cold weather (I hope!)and the temperatures have been in the 70′s the past couple of days. That is warm enough to bring out people in their shorts and sandals. The scary past is all these lilly white legs that people are sporting under those shorts. OMG! I have seen legs so white that they surely must glow in the dark! Definitely not “high fashion” around here!

I think that my own legs will stay hidden under my jeans for another month or so before I subject my neighbors to the whiteness of my winterized skin. I might put on shorts while tinkering about my own backyard for a few weekends, but I can’t subject the good people at the grocery store to this level of whiteness.