One day as I was scrolling through social media, a picture of a beautiful garden caught my attention. Of course I opened up my friend�s online album and looked through her gardening creations. This got my wheels turning and I decided to make some floral creations for my own porch.
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When I was a child, my family lived in a rural area that didn�t have much in the way of entertainment. Mind you swinging off a steel cable bolted to a tree from a very large hill and riding my bike off homemade ramps was fun, but the thing I loved most was summer reading from the Bookmobile. It would park at the church every two weeks all summer long. My sisters and I couldn�t wait for it to appear. We were each allowed to borrow six books for the two-week period, which wasn�t nearly enough. My sisters would run to the romance section. Not me. I went for the mysteries. They have always been my go-to reading genre.
A little over a month ago, I began noticing a strange �crowing� sound every time I stepped out on my deck. I could not figure out what it was, but knew it had to be some kind of bird or animal. A few days later I was surprised to see a beautiful ring neck pheasant perched on the fence surrounding our yard as I went down my driveway one morning. When I got home, I was delighted to see that he was still hanging around our house. I quickly nicknamed him �Phil.� I knew he was a male because only male pheasants have the beautiful coloring, while females are all brown.
As summer approaches, the warm weather and sunshine entices us to spend more time outside. As good as the sunshine is for us mentally, is can be very harmful to our skin. As a mother, I was a drill sergant with my daughters about applying sunscreen before they were going outside. Always receiving the �ugh, Mommmm� response. As with every kid, they did not want to take the few seconds and let me spray them down. It wasn�t until many years later, that I realized, as a mother, I was always applying it to their skin, and never worrying about my own. �Practice what you preach.� I now see some of the affects of not applying it on my own skin over the years has had.
I�m sure you�ve seen the memes on social media that reference not wanting to �adult� on any given day. Typically, I don�t mind �adulting,� but recently, with Mother Nature�s dose of hot weather and memories of how much I loved summer break as a kid, I�ve realize how I, and probably most youngsters my age, didn�t appreciate things as they were.
It is an unfortunate fact of life that some of us will one day find ourselves in a situation where we�ll need a lawyer. Maybe we�ve been injured by someone crashing their car into us or putting a defective product into the marketplace. Maybe we�ve lost a loved one because another chose not to follow basic safety rules. Maybe we�ve been cheated out of our hard-earned money by some unscrupulous corporation. As a lawyer, I hear about terrible situations like this all the time. And a lot of times, these calls come months after the inciting event, which often prompts me to ask the caller why they waited so long to reach out to an attorney. And the answer I hear the most, by far, is some variation on �well, I just don�t have the money for a lawyer.� If you ever find yourself in a similar situation, it may be because you�re not familiar with the �contingency fee� agreement.
I remember being at Drovers having dinner with friends one evening when the discussion came up about a new coffee machine that would allow the user to quickly brew one cup of coffee at a time via the use of single serving pods. I can remember thinking how crazy that was. I mean what�s wrong with the old way � just brewing a pot of coffee? And then I had my first experience with the Keurig and I was instantly hooked!
It�s that time of year again. The sun is out, the temperatures are up and there�s probably a good chance you�ve been invited to or are planning a party of some sort - maybe you�re hosting this year�s 4th of July cookout or you�re taking a side dish to a pot luck. One of my favorite party dishes is somewhat of a classic � deviled eggs - but I make them with sour cream. I�m not sure what possessed me to try a different recipe, but I was thrilled I did. The deviled eggs made with sour cream received rave reviews at a Christmas Eve party several years back, so I�ve not gone back to the traditional way of making them. Perhaps you�d like to try something new with an old classic. The recipe is as follows:
Even the sprawling Victorian metropolis of Manchester, one of the most culturally diverse cities in Europe, stood up to help and comfort the victims on that tragic night. Homeless men were seen holding massacred victims who had been caught in the explosion, and were wrapping their wounds in clean clothes, and comforting them as they left this life behind. Even those who have sunk so far below the supposed-standards of society can rise to the occasion when innocent life is at stake.
The 2016-2017 school year has come to a close. For kids, this means no more waking up early, no more waiting at the bus stop and no more homework for the next three months. For parents, it means making plans for your children during the work week, planning summer vacations and taking a break from packing lunches, homework reminders, etc. And for some morning commuters, it means no more flashing yellow lights in schools zones and bus stops.