One Dollar Coin Woes

The U.S. government has been producing one-dollar coins that are made from metal over the last several dozen years. The problem is that Americans don’t want them. Numerous studies show that Americans prefer the old paper dollar. The coins are just not catching on. I know that at our local Post Office, if you use the postage machine in the lobby that you will get dollar coins as part of your change. I don’t mind a bit, a dollar is a dollar is a dollar, as far as I’m concerned. This whole dollar coin ordeal is perplexing to some people.

Many experts agree that the dollar coins made of metal would save the taxpayers millions of dollars. The only problem is that taxpayers simply reuse to use the coins. Since no-one is using the coins, legislators have decided to eliminate the coins altogether. I think this is a good move as I have no interest in carrying around metal coins that pass for dollar bills.

And all in the news is about how we need to start saving our pennies, certain ones that were minted during certain dates are worth more than one cents. Some people are cashing in their pennies while some are hoarding them. I always save my pennies. I have a huge vase in my room that I have been tossing only my pennies in. I still have a lot of room left in that vase. I just don’t come across many pennies these days.

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Today’s Coins

Online Dating Happens

I’m not sure if I’d be brave enough to try the ever growing in popularity online dating sites that are available these days. We have all heard the horror stories of online dating, but who can’t share a horror story or two of dates gone bad that had nothing to do with our computers. Dating has it’s risks no matter who, what, where, when or why, simple (or complicated I might should say) as that!

I do have a friend at work that has begun looking at some dating personals at work lately. We all have computers at our work stations, and management is pretty flexible with us using them and the Internet from time to time, so it works out well for us all. I can’t imagine not having the Internet at my fingertips at work and at home as well. It has become my constant companion. Wow that sounds pretty weird, who would have thought?

Anyway we have all been surprised at the amount and the variety of these dating sites that we have started running across. There seems to be a category for just about every race, creed, religion, age, sexual preference, etc…… These sites have become very specialized so a good site to check out is http://datinghappens.com, they help guide you to the best out there for your personal needs. A great online resource for online dating sites and offers.

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Dating Happens

Hoarders

An aunt of mine has been having a tough time with the lose of her son the past few years, and had started accumulating tons of stuff around her house. Our family had noticed she started buying all sorts of different things that she just did not need, but she purchased the items anyway. We all thought it was her way to cope with her sons passing, by filling her house up with new things to replace everything that reminded her of her son and all the lost memories of their lives together in the house.

One weekend my sister and I made a surprise visit to her house to keep her some company, and we couldn’t believe the way her house was. My Aunt let us in the door and to our surprise it was filled from the floor to the ceiling with junk, old food and things that she used to love, piled on top of one another. It was complete filth and we immediately asked her if she needed help clearing her house. She surprisingly said she needed help and found that she was going to be evicted from her home since she hadn’t been working and couldn’t keep up with the rent and bills.

I knew that when we came back to start clearing the house we needed gloves and masks. I had a ton of gloves at home we could use but had no masks that could protect ourselves from airborne particles or mold that might be lurking around the house. I took a look around on the net and came across a great deal on some n95 masks that I couldn’t turn my head from. I ordered a good deal of them and had them sent to my house so all the family and friends of my aunt could wear if they were going to help. When they arrived I made few phone calls and we all jumped on the project of clearing up her house.

After all the cleaning was done at the house, my sister handed my Aunt a check to pay for her missed bills and had told her that her rent was paid for the past couple of months and she could start over. My aunt was eternally grateful, and we are extremely happy that she can now live in a home that is clean enough for anyone to live in and have a fresh start.

Fireplace and Outdoor Products

My Dad has been after me to get the fireplace and the chimney inspected, cleaned and repaired, if found necessary. I have been living in this house for four years now and have had the pleasure of using the fireplace numerous times through out the years. Since it is the first time I have ever had a fireplace I wasn’t aware of all that it takes to maintain one.

The house we grew up in had a fireplace that we all loved using, but one evening the folks went out for the evening and left us 3 sisters home. While they were gone we all decided to start a fire in the fireplace. When our folks returned home they were furious, next thing we knew our father had moved the large TV console in front of the fireplace and we were told that we would never again use that fireplace and that was the end of that! We had no idea how dangerous a fireplace could be if not used properly as well as having an adult around to supervise the whole ordeal.

Anyway, I have called a well known chimney sweep company that my father recommended and they are going to come out next week and see if it needs a cleaning or possibly a new Chimney pipe at Northline, or anything else that they deem necessary. I certainly want to make sure that when we use the fireplace that we are all safe as well as warm!

White Bark Pine

White bark pine trees play an important role in a bear’s life. The nuts contained within their cones are packed with protein and provide the bears with a few extra pounds before the winter arrives. One problem the bears are having is that beetles are destroying the cones as fast as the trees drop them.

The scarcity of the cones has forced the bears to look elsewhere for food. This has brought them in increasing contact with humans. Bear attacks are on the rise and experts believe there will be more bear attacks than ever this year. Park rangers are trying to ensure the safety of campers and hikers by spreading the word. Beware of bears when out in the woods.

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White Bark Pine Trees