Mar 13

Updating your Home

When warm weather arrives, it is a great time to take inventory of your home to repair and upgrade whatever you can. Many people start outdoors and work on their lawns, landscaping, and driveways before turning their attention to indoor updates.

If you are thinking about repairing or improving your driveway or parking area, you may want to consider using permeable paving. This is a great way to provide a solid, easy-to-maintain foundation for your vehicle’s use. With quick installation and almost immediate accessibility, this home improvement will help drivers avoid tracking in asphalt and pebbles or mud from other types of parking areas.

As you make your to-do list for home improvements, give your driveway some extra thought. A well-maintained driveway and parking area will help to keep your car in good running condition by avoiding potholes and muddy grooves. A neat and clean parking area makes a difference.

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Feb 15

The Couple

A newlywed couple just purchased their first new home. However, the home needed lots of repairs inside and out. They had no idea what they were going to do to make the house look more presentable. It dampened their sprits to see all of the surrounding neighbors have wonderful and well maintained homes. The husband decided that he should maintain the yard and the wife can make the decisions of how she wanted the home to look. The woman was excited to know that she could make all the decisions on what the inside of the home looked like. The husband was happy because he knew that porous paving was a good way to restore some of the pavement in the yard. They decided to turn it into a competition to see who could get through redesigning first.

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Nov 22

The last day at the beach

Growing up, we always lived near the beach. In summertime my sister and I would spend long hours building sandcastles, and inventing elaborate fairy tales to go with them.

Then, when I was thirteen, my father got a new job and we had to move away. Far from the oceanside I loved so much.

On our last weekend the whole family went to our usual beach, and as a sullen adolescent I was determined not to enjoy it. I sulked all the way there, but couldn’t ignore what we found once we arrived. There was a contest happening, and there were dozens of silica sand sculptures dotting the beach. Lions, mermaids, unicorns, and a dragon easily ten feet long.

Even my teenage cynicism couldn’t withstand the beauty of the scene. It was the best day I ever spent at the beach, and I’m smiling in every photograph from that day.

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Nov 13

My Asia Fantasy Vacation

How thrilling it is to be touring Asia with my new boyfriend Alejandro. Al and I have been dating for only three months but he insisted I go on vacation with him. I thought he meant a local bed and breakfast or maybe a quick trip to Bermuda, but was shocked when he insisted I accompany him to Hong Kong.

We’ve had a wonderful trip so far and out next stop is Kowloon. I’ve heard so many good things about the area and have been told the Hong Kong hotels are some of the best in the country. The hotel we’ll be staying in has an extensive wine cellar, a world-renown head chef and looks out onto the beautiful countryside.

I’m loving my vacation and my high school Cantonese has improved immensely. I know I’ll be sad when our time her is over and we head toward the airport for our return trip home.

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Oct 30

Great Options for Improving Your Ability to Hear

Are you, or someone you care about, having difficulty hearing as well as you used to? If so, it is good to know that you are not alone. The truth is that millions of people throughout the country are struggling with the same problem. Unfortunately, this reduction in the ability to hear can greatly impact the overall quality of your life. The good news is that there is help available.

Today, there are numerous styles of digital hearing aids available on the market. These hearing aids are designed to help you, or your loved one, hear better. With the help of these advanced hearing aids, you will be able to improve your ability to hear. You will no longer miss special conversations and feel lost in a crowd. If you want to get back in the conversation and truly enjoy your life again, start shopping for your digital aids today.

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Oct 23

Costume Ball

Today is the big day of our Jane Austen costume ball! I have been daydreaming about this day ever since it was announced last fall. It’s going to be like a dream come true for me.

Our Jane Austen literature class will all be dressing up in period costume and hosting our Regency style ball in the assembly hall. There will be food made according to recipes from the era and we’ve even hired out all kinds of props and furniture to set the scene appropriately.

We’ve all been planning our costumes for months. I’m going in a dress I made myself. It’s a white poplin with a tiny blue flower pattern and a wide blue ribbon sash at the bustline. I’m having a wedding makeup artist do my face so that I’ll look gorgeous, but, not out of character for the era. I’m also having a girl from my dorm do my hair.

This is going to be the best night of my life!

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Oct 09

When the world calls

Getting old is hard. Your joints hurt, your vision suffers, your hearing starts to go. I remember being a young man. I had the hearing of a German Shepard. And now, I sit here…can barely here a thing. My TV is up so loud that the rest of the family complains. I constantly have to ask people to repeat themselves, especially on the phone. I sometimes laugh and smile when people talk to me, and the reality is that I have no idea what they just said. A few friends have suggested I look into something to help me, a “device” they say. I don’t want to do that; admitting that is admitting that age has finally taken its toll on me. Then one day, I saw a young man with his in. I asked him “do you feel self conscious about wearing those?” He responded in the most brilliant of ways: “No, I can hear and they make it so I can enjoy the beauty that the world offers.”

When the world calls, I no longer hear enough to answer. It is time I face the reality: I need to look at hearing aids Stockport. I need to enjoy that beauty that the young man reminded me about.

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