How Gratitude Can Change You Life

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, the holiday that has its origin in the Puritan’s tradition of giving thanks for a good harvest. The Puritans weren’t the first in this regard. Many religious and societal traditions are based in the concept of gratitude. What all these traditions may or may not have known is that recent scientific studies point to a direct link between gratitude and a deep satisfaction with life. Not only is it good to give thanks, it is good for you to do so!

In a study at the University of California at Davis, Professor Robert Emmons came up with some very interesting and illuminating results from his research project on gratitude and thankfulness. Professor Emmons found that people who kept gratitude journals on a weekly basis exercised more regularly, reported fewer physical symptoms, felt better about their lives as a whole, and were more optimistic about the upcoming week compared to those who recorded hassles or neutral life events. In addition, participants who kept the journals were more likely to make progress towards their personal goals in life.

The study also notes that people with a strong disposition toward gratitude have the capacity to be empathic and to take the perspective of others. Grateful individuals place less importance on material goods; they are less likely to judge their own and others success in terms of possessions accumulated; they are less envious of wealthy persons; and are more likely to share their possessions with others relative to less grateful persons.

If the practice of gratitude is so beneficial to our overall well-being, how can we learn to cultivate it more? My gut feeling is that the type of gratitude we normally experience when we see others that are less fortunate than ourselves is not enough. If it were, we would all be much happier as we are surrounded by evidence of the suffering of so many people in the world today. It seems that we need to look directly at our own lives in order to be truly grateful and thereby reap the benefits of gratitude.

The concept of gratitude is directly related to the idea of the power of positive thinking. Concentrating on what we do have versus what we don’t have seems to be the key. Reminding ourselves on a daily basis of all the things that come our way keeps us grounded in gratitude instead of want. At any given moment during the day we can stop in the moment and be thankful. Keeping a record of these moments, journaling, is what Professor Emmons recommends. When life becomes overwhelming we can look back at our musings and see just how lucky we really are.

Indeed, further results of the University of California’s study show that a daily gratitude intervention (self-guided exercises) with young adults resulted in higher reported levels of the positive states of alertness, enthusiasm, determination, attentiveness and energy compared to a focus on hassles or a downward social comparison (ways in which participants thought they were better off than others). There was no difference in levels of unpleasant emotions reported in the three groups.

As we are told not to sweat the small things so too can we be very grateful for the little joys in our lives. I just got back from running to school to drop-off something for my daughter. Upon entering the house, which is warm and toasty compared to the rainy, cold day outside, I was greeted by my three dogs with tons of kisses and love. They now lie by my feet as I type away. The house is peaceful and quiet like my own personal sanctuary. I glance out my windows and see nothing but the foliage that envelops my home. These are the little moments that that we can become attuned to in gratitude. There are hundreds of such moments in any given week if we are mindful of them. They add up and build upon one another to create a more centered, content and positive perspective on life.

Furthermore, the research reports that grateful people do not deny or ignore the negative aspects of life. Again, my intuition tells me that given the perspective that gratitude gifts us, we are undoubtedly more equipped to handle life’s challenges. One’s attitude can determine how effective one is in coping with what life throws in our direction. Our perspective on life determines our reality. If we approach things with a perspective grounded in say the belief that life is unfair, everything that turns up will look unfair. But as we practice gratitude, we are endowed with its gifts of optimism and the necessary energy required to take on our lives.

How can you start to practice gratitude? Begin with the art of mindfulness, being totally present in the moment. Notice all the little things that surround you, things you might take for granted if you hadn’t stopped to really look. Offer acknowledgement of these small gifts much like my moment in a warm and peaceful home with my dogs. Write them down in a gratitude journal. The little things make up the fabric of our days, our months, and our years. Oftentimes we hardly notice them because we are so caught up in the task of living. As they say, stop and smell the roses.

Stop and consider what you have been given in life. Are you blessed with financial security? Do you have loving children, a supportive family? A nice home? Are you in good health? Do you enjoy your work? Do you have wonderful friends? What does nature give to you? Do you have a supportive and loving mate? Concentrate on what you do have and not what you lack.

Research also tells us that the act of giving back to the world has much the same effect as gratitude. Interestingly enough, Emmons study also found that participants in the daily gratitude condition were more likely to report having helped someone with a personal problem or having offered emotional support to another. The act of gratitude and the act of giving back therefore reinforce each other and lead to the inevitable …more fulfilling, meaningful and happy lives.

These are things that we all know to be true in the abstract and yet we can take them from the abstract into the specifics of our own existence. Start practicing gratitude today. Pull out a notebook and write down just one thing. Commit to adding to this journal everyday. A good time might be before bedtime when you have time to reflect back on your day. Think of all the good things that occurred. Perhaps a brief but meaningful exchange with a child or a friend. Maybe a great cup of coffee. When you put down your pen and paper, you might just go to sleep easier. That’s yet something else for which to be grateful.

Commercial Electricity Offset Saving Initiative

Commercial-wise, there are many electricity-usage elements to be looked into and offset toward a great compounding effect.

A power factor correction system would be the main and immediate installation that is highly recommended, as the majority of electricity management within large commercial sites are using pumps, motors, fans – this system alone can reduce up to 20% off your bill, and doesn’t require a lot of alteration work or replacement parts to keep well-maintained as it’s a sustainable system.

More than 50% of a businesses electricity running costs can be in the associated elements above, and has a great deal of potential to increase efficiency and effectiveness.

It’s very well the little apparatus that energy companies don’t want you knowing about.

The remainder of energy consumption areas aren’t in any particular order of savings as you’d need to have an on-site evaluation done to check which has more output.

So here they are;

Sensors that automatically turn off lighting and other electricity consuming elements or applications when they are not in use and no one is in the location, such as car parks, corridors/hallways, garages, entrances etc..

Effective lighting usage can be a big matter as a large part of the day is under lights and if the company is in operation for long periods of the day, then this could be a big saver, along with giving greater health benefits too. For instance if currently using a lighting system that produces more watts of output and is replaced with more than half the amount although still giving the exact same amount of illumination, then you’ve just reduced your lighting costs by 50%.

Solar energy to produce your own electricity back into the grid, however not every application will be suitable due to a few reasons. One being the costs initially involved, secondly the replacement of solar panels after 10 years if they aren’t the higher quality panels and aren’t sustained well, thirdly if the solar panels aren’t absorbing enough of the natural sunlight then it’s useless for the savings to take place, e.g. tree’s or infrastructure blocking sunlight from the panels.

Solar hot water systems are another additional way to reduce your energy bills, similar to that of the solar panels although a separate system and panel altogether.

Together with the solar panels there are still government-funded incentives to install these solar systems so are worthwhile looking into, in combination with the technology advancing.

Heating and cooling systems are becoming more and more efficient and are another possible way to eliminate electricity generation. Mainly being to purchase the most efficient system upfront being more effective to maintain longterm and hassle free, whilst using the thermostat wisely – Depending on the application once again.

Energy efficient equipment being printers, copiers, computers, monitors equate to an extremely large amount when in an office environment so investing in energy efficient appliances can heavily reduce a companies electricity bill. Along with data-server rooms producing a great deal of heat and electricity and must be adhered to with an effective way of keeping cool.

Some machines, systems and energy-required elements can be used extensively for hours on end throughout the day. Recent findings have shown a trend towards green commercial buildings generating higher tenant retention (as employees are happier and more productive in such an environment), quicker lease-up periods, greater returns for investors.

In commercial situations electricity can equate for more than 50% of a companies electricity costs, which if not creating the most efficient way of energy usage, does eventuate in reduced profits. Inefficient and poorly

The average Aussie household produces approximately 13 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year – that’s a lot! This type of pollution is largely produced from domestic and commercial activities such as heating elements, all moving parts and lighting. As you can see they’re many ways to tackle this global issue throughout households, businesses and factory settings by regulating an energy management system.

The price of electricity will continue to increase and soar, whilst most people don’t know how to approach the situation on the whole and carbon pollution is always going to be around so everyone must be doing there bit – what are you doing about it?

They all add up to a compounding effect. And the trick is to find out where your greatest savings are in particular to your situation. To find out you’d need an economical-focused Electrician.

Put your money back in your pocket and invest into something that you’re passion about and not toward pollution into the atmosphere which at the end of all days we all suffer, especially the next generations of children who are to come.

Everyone knows climate change is REAL. And IT IS TIME to get REAL…

Soundproofing – Advantages Versus Disadvantages

Soundproofing has become compulsory for many of us, as noise pollution stands for a fundamental disturbing element in our lives. There is an endless list of factors having generated all sorts of issues related to the need of sound insulation. First of all, space reduction has severely affected comfort in residential terms, and all has started with the insulation of homes. By extension, noise has become the enemy in many of our daily activities, it has generated what we usually call acoustic pollution. The common solution to all these problems was a sound absorbing material, which could have easily helped dwellers regain the lost comfort. As per statistics, sound barrier walls have been more than welcome.

This is why, these solutions have become fundamental building materials for the new generation of buildings. Of course, sound insulation comprises all sorts of methods and materials as we can fight the side effects of noise in so many ways. For example, room within a room is a method creating a virtual barrier, which can fight against sound energy. Although windows have been the traditional way to annihilate the noise, this method can no longer cope with the challenges of the modern world. Thus, constructors are on the lookout for advanced solutions, and the basic option was full or partial coating of a certain room. This method may fall in different categories, according to the type of material, or the inner structure of the material.

At first glance, soundproofing might seem an auxiliary demand in residential or commercial building projects. Nevertheless, choosing a sound insulation alternative, the overall value of the building might considerably increase. In addition, it is highly recommended to integrate soundproofing in the building process, simply because, it saves money and time. Although a certain building plan has not comprised soundproofing, owners still have a second option, soundproofing may be attained after the building process has been completed. In general, this alternative is correlated to a renovation plan, but, sound deadening plan may require deep removal of the decorative layers of the interior walls or of the ceiling, therefore, it is wiser to synchronize sound proofing with a renewal plan.

All in all, soundproofing is a must, yet, although many consider that complete sound insulation is better, we need to outline the fact that this option might become too risky, that in case of emergency, we are unable to send out signals that eventually might save our lives.

Home Security Signs and Guard Dogs – How Effective Are They?

Dogs have been used as a main component of security from thousands of years ago and today they go hand in hand with home security signs. Chinese palaces have been protected by dogs. Greek mythology has Cerebus standing guard over the gates of Hades. Dog breeds have very distinct personality and behavioral traits. Some dogs are loyal, protective or have other characteristics that make them suited for guard dog roles. Home security signs on the perimeter of your property that warn of guard dogs are a great first layer of home security for the simple fact that they make a criminal think and wonder about the difficulty of stealing from a home with dogs.

Most people have some familiarity with the pictures of Doberman Pinscher or German Shepherd breeds as guard dogs. These particular breeds do make superb guard dogs, especially when properly trained. They possess the physical size, and personality to protect anyone’s property. Other breeds such as Bull Mastiffs and Rottweilers possess excellent guard dog capabilities as well.

I know from personal experience that German Shepherds and others can be taught to discriminate between those who are allowed in the home and those who are not. I house sat for some friends of mine one time and they had a huge German Shepard named Samson. When I first went to their house, my friend Ken took me out to meet Samson and told him, “Samson, this is our friend Tom.” Samson and I were best friends from then on throughout the rest of the summer while his owners were away. These dogs operate by sight and smell. They will readily recognize not only family members but ‘authorized’ visitors as well. Family friends will be welcomed with a friendly tail wag; strangers get a stare and a warning growl. If a stranger comes closer, especially to a family member watch out. A nasty bite or more will come about if they persist.

Even though dogs can be destroyed by a gun or poison, most criminals are not going to go that far. Most of the time, just having home security signs warning of guard dogs will make a burglar reconsider. They really want an easier target of which there are many. Dogs with the physical size and presence of the breeds mentioned are, at least psychologically, a threat most burglars do not want to deal with, which increases your property security.

Though larger dogs may be optimal, much smaller breeds can make excellent guard dogs too. They just need proper training.

Having a dog that constantly barks at everything is not the answer to any successful security issues. With the owner consistently ignoring all the warnings, the burglars will realize they don’t need to be nervous. Most breeds just need some good training to solve barking problems and false alarms.

It is best to have a dog that has both inside and outside access. Dogs that are allowed access to both will consistently cover the whole property. This can be accomplished with an appropriate sized doggie door. Not one so large that it makes home invasion easy though. The right sized doggie door will allow most dog’s access to the outdoors for bathroom breaks and patrol duty. With a little thought, the door can be made big enough for the dog, but small enough so most men will not have access.

You should complete your guard dog program by placing home security signs warning about the guard dog in places that people can see day or night. These are considered clear advertisements’ that your property has guard dog security. Criminals don’t need to see the dog to reconsider there illegal activities in regards to your house. Proper signage will alert them to the fact that one encounter will be more than they want.

Creative Marketing Ideas For Electronics Stores

In today’s technology-driven society, electronics stores don’t always have to do much marketing. There are enough “techies,” or technology fanatics, around to keep these stores in business, not to mention that technology is ever-changing and new products are released often. Nevertheless, every business has a slow season or two, so if you’re looking for ideas to boost the sales of your electronics store, you’ve come to the right place.

  1. New product launches-Electronics generate excitement and buzz naturally, so turn the release of a hot new product into a full “launch party.” Just like a midnight showing of a highly-anticipated movie, new product launches will ensure that your store is packed. Offer a drawing for one of the free products, or even a coupon to the first X amount of customers. Promote this event heavily, with yard signs and banners around your store that list the date of the party and the name of the product.
  2. Technical support-Many of your customers love your products but may not know how they work, that’s why they’re coming to you. Your employees, however, are very-knowledgeable and can be a great resource for your customers. Offer tech support services, whether this manifests as in-store assistance or actual in-home setup and repair. These services make your business more of a one-stop shop, which keep customers coming back to you. Create a section of your store for service and assistance, and clearly-define it using vinyl decals or a large banner so customers that need help know exactly where to go.
  3. Christmas giveaways-Electronics are always hot-sellers during the holidays, so create promotions that drive customers to you for the perfect Christmas gift. Hold raffles for this season’s hot-selling product, or even discounts based on the amount of money spent in the store. The idea is to do whatever it takes to get customers in your store and not your competitors’.
  4. Electronic marketing-Your tech-savvy customers will respond better to electronic marketing methods than, say, direct mail or a billboard. Utilize email marketing, SMS marketing, and social media to reach your customers directly. Don’t spam them or you’ll get on their bad side, but connect enough that they want to come into your store to see what’s new.
  5. Membership cards-Offer customers the chance to sign up for a membership program. This allows you to gather their information for marketing purposes, and in return they receive a card they can use to earn special discounts. By swiping their card they can receive discounts right away, or they can accumulate points that can eventually be redeemed for discounts to use in the store-it’s up to you!

How to Design Physical Therapy Flooring For Comfort

Designing your physical therapy flooring can be a fun project when you are starting out or remodeling your place.

Most gyms have hardwood floors or concrete floors that are unsafe and uncomfortable for those who have physical limitations.

Here are a few tips to help design the best flooring for comfort when performing physical therapy for yourself or rehabilitation clients.

Tip #1

Physical therapy flooring should be thick to absorb impact from falls. Patients who are recovering may occasionally fall and need a cushioned surface that will prevent further injuries.

One option is rubber floor tiles that come in thicknesses of 3/8 inch, 1/2 inch, and 3/4 inches. Choosing a thicker density to lay under your work benches and around other equipment can prevent serious injuries from falls.

In bathrooms and areas where clients may have to change clothing, rubber flooring tiles will provide cushioning if a client accidentally falls.

Tip #2

Use rubber flooring mats. Commercial therapy gym flooring rubber mats have anti-slip properties. This helps keep sweat and spills from creating a slick spot which can very easily lead to a fall.

These mats are interlocking tiles that not only look great but provide safety as well. Extremely easy to install, the rubber mats are designed to be installed without adhesive and come in 5 standard colors: Solid Black, Grey, Blue, Tan or Red Speck.

You can even make your own design since the tiles are available in border tiles, center tiles can corner tiles.

Tip #3

Design your flooring so that it flows well. Place rubber floor mats underneath and around all equipment while leaving the walking area covered in smooth surfaces such as wood or laminate flooring.

Have rubber floor tiles in areas where floor therapy will be done. This provides a soft surface for clients to work out on. Create a smooth transition from the wood floor to the rubber flooring with tiles that gradually slope up.

Tip #4

Therapy often involves working with clients who are unstable or may have vision problems. Design your flooring with a unique color design to help them distinguish between areas.

Create a border around the workout stations by using a different color. You can even have custom logos printed into the rubber tiles. You can them have these tiles placed in prominent areas.

Designing your physical therapy rubber flooring should take in the needs and comfort of those who will be using the area. Safety and comfort will provide your clients a better sense of security during a time of recovery.

Most Common Causes of Cloudy Swimming Pool Water

Your goal as a swimming pool owner is to maintain crystal clear pool water all year long. But it’s inevitable that some day, probably to your surprise, the water will start turning cloudy. Now it’s up to you to figure out why. Following are the most common reasons why a clear pool one day can suddenly and unexpectedly turn into a cloudy pool the next.

Swimming pool water clarity is dependent on three basic elements of pool maintenance… filtration, circulation, and water chemistry. If one or more of these three elements are out of whack, the pool could turn cloudy.

Filtration – there’s no doubt that without sufficient filtration, the pool water will soon turn cloudy. Possible reasons for inadequate filtration are a dirty filter, an old filter element that needs replacement, and not running the filter long enough each day. Insufficient filtration can also be caused by a lack of circulation… see below.

Circulation – turn on the pool pump and confirm that the pool has good circulation. All it takes is a clogged skimmer or pump basket to restrict water flow resulting in inefficient filtration. If all the baskets are clean and there still isn’t good circulation, the pump impeller may be clogged with debris and will need to be cleaned out. Lastly, check all circulation diverter valves to make sure they are in the correct position. If a valve has been inadvertently turned to block either an intake line or a return line, circulation will be disrupted.

Water Chemistry – keeping the pool water chemistry balanced is a key to clear water. The most common mistake is letting the chlorine level drop to zero. This will cause cloudy pool water, which is a sign of early algae growth. Next check the pH, alkalinity, and calcium hardness. If any of these parameters are outside the normal range, this could be the problem also.

Most cloudy pool water problems are solved by simply checking these three areas of pool maintenance, and much of the time it ends up being real obvious. If you are not able to identify the problem, it is time to seek out a professional for help. Call the local pool store or a pool service technician to help troubleshoot and fix the problem.

Sexual Positions Allowing Deep Penetration For Below Average Penis Size

If your sexual organ is below 6 inches in length, you probably have a lower than average size one. However, this does not put you in a less advantage situation as compared to most other guys. At least, the chances of your girl complaining about painful sexual intercourse are much lower. Here are some of the sexual positions you can adopt to maximize the advantage of a small size penis.

(1) Woman On Top

This position can help a woman to have an orgasm faster. The beauty of this position is that it will not put too much painful pressure against her cervix. Moreover, with the woman on top position, she can take control and decide whether she wants to have an orgasm via her clitoris or her g-spot. Those guys with small size can use positions like Side Rider, See Saw, The Empress and Reverse Cow Girl to their advantage.

(a) For the Side Rider position, your girl will be facing you sideways. She will be squatting and positioning herself above your genitals. Instead of the usual up and down movement, the lateral jerks can increase her sensitivity.

(b) To get into the See Saw position, you sit up with legs straight while your girl sits on your lap with her legs on either side of your waist. You adjust your body and hers so that you can penetrate. As she rubs her genitals against yours, you can either fondle her breasts or massage her clitoris to get her high. If there is too much strain on you, she can lean back using her arms to support herself.

(c) The Empress position is quite similar to the See Saw position, except that this time you lie on your back. She sits on your lap, while leaning back and supporting herself on her hands. To maximize her chances of g-spot orgasm, have her lean back, supporting her weight on her hands.

(d) In the Reverse Cow Girl position, you will lie on your back and your girl will sit on your lap, facing away from you. She can be leaning forward or holding her chest straight up. From here, you can give a good spanking to spice things up.

(2) Rear Entry

The doggie position is a win-win for you and your girl. When performed at the correct angle, this position can make even the smallest penis feel quite large and at the same time allows you to stimulate the clitoris with your fingers. You rest her head on the pillow while having her buttocks raised in the air. Her thighs should be drawn together as you penetrate her. You lean forward allowing deep penetration which gives you higher chances to stimulate the g-spot, which can get her to reach orgasm as quickly as possible.

An alternative rear entry you can try is by getting her lay flat on her belly. You can then slip 1 or 2 pillows under her hips until her buttocks arches upward. You adopt the half-kneeling posture and position your genitals to facilitate penetration. You spread her thighs just enough to allow penetration. After that you hold her thighs together so that your sexual organ can feel huge inside her.

(3) Pillow-Supported Missionary

She will be lying on her back with a pillow under her buttocks. You bend her legs backward so that her knees are fairly close to her chests. Once you enter her, it will feel as if you are filling her vaginal completely. This position is difficult for her to maintain so you can either let her legs rest on your shoulders or your forearms.

(4) V-Formation

She lies on the edge of the bed and spreads her legs wide until they form a v-pattern. You grab on to her ankles or her feet and you penetrate her in a standing position.

An alternative way is she will be lying down on bed like in a normal missionary position with her legs spreading out forming a v-pattern. You then enter her in a kneeling position. Both these positions allow you to penetrate her deeply, an advantage to guys with small sexual organs.

If you are anything like me, being in the smaller size category, these sexual positions should ease your anxiety because they can effectively make a girl orgasm by stimulating either/both her clitoris or/and g-spot. She will then not be able to feel any difference between a big size and a small size penis as she will be too engrossed with all the pleasure you give her

Benefits And Drawbacks Of An Anti-Glare Screen Protector

The first decision you should make is whether glare is a concern for you because if you will be making use of your phone outside or in brightly lit places, then you should consider an anti-glare screen protector. These can reduce overall screen visibility when not in the sun’s rays, so think about whether you’ll be utilizing your mobile phone in bright locations and for what amount of the time. After that you can select between anti-glare and non anti-glare or standard screen protectors.

Anti-glare screen protector not only reduces glare for your LCD screen with a matte finish coating, it also reduces fingerprints which are left on the screen. Your screen will remain clean and brand new looking at all times and it requires little cleaning. As with any protectors, anti-glare version also comes with an anti-scratch coating and non-adhesive backing. An anti-glare screen protector has its own good and bad points. It reduces glare, it decreases fingerprints, provides an anti-scratch coating, provides matte finish, only little cleaning is necessary and the non-adhesive backing leaves zero sticky residue. As for the disadvantages, an anti-glare screen protector decreases clarity.

As for standard or crystal clear screen protectors, they are the basic kind of screen protectors designed to be as invisible as possible so the clarity of your screen is maximized. When looking at them they’ll appear very transparent. Clear ones are generally a bit slimmer than others (anti-glare ones as an example) and their surface usually is shiny or smooth, which means your finger does not ‘stick’ when moving across the screen. This is beneficial on touch screen cell phones in which you ideally want your finger to move in all directions as effortlessly as possible. On the drawback, they don’t often decrease glare very much in direct sunlight. Additionally fingerprints can be more noticeable than with other protectors. Privacy screen protectors are made so that the screen content is only noticeable when looking at it straight-on. If the phone is tilted at an angle then the contents of the screen becomes masked. The purpose of this is to hide the contents of the screen to spying eyes or people looking over your shoulder. They are especially useful for business users who may be reading or writing personal emails, or to anybody who is mindful of their personal privacy.

The anti-glare ability cuts reflections and glare from bright light. This enables operators to utilize their devices more easily, as they do not need to squint or tilt the device to see the screen clearly. Use of an anti-glare screen protector can aid in reducing eye strain, which can be vital for individuals who use devices in bright light frequently. In the event the user needs to replace the screen protector, it should very easily peel away without leaving residue.

Durability also is important when choosing an anti-glare screen protector. You will normally like to avoid re-applying protectors, since this may cause damage to your screen and could cost quite a bit of money. A number of companies have developed models which are more costly than others but are a lot more durable, some lasting as much as the lifetime of your LCD.

A Buying Guide for Interior Plantation Shutters

Purchasing interior plantation shutters can be quite overwhelming. You have to know what style you want, what size you want, what material you want and more. If you don’t do your research before you go shopping, you could end up with too many choices and you won’t be able to make a decision. To avoid these headaches, here is a basic guide to buying interior plantation shutters.

1. The louvers of plantation shutters vary in size. You can get them as small as 1-7/8 inches to as large as 5-1/2 inches. Most homeowners, though, choose the mid-range, going with either 2-1/2 inches or 3-1/2 inches. Experts generally recommend the 3-1/2 inch-louvers because they look good on standard-sized windows. The large louvers are better for oversized windows and the smallest louvers are better for tiny windows. Remember that the bigger the louvers, the greater the spacing, which will affect the amount of light you can let into the room.

2. Plantation shutter louvers come in either a flat or elliptical profile. Elliptical louvers are a better choice than the flat louvers because the elliptical louvers are not as prone to sagging. Flat louvers can sag, which distorts the fit.

3. Since the main function of plantation shutters is to allow for adjustments to the amount of light let into the room when open and to provide privacy and darkness when they are closed. If the louvers are unable to stay in their installed positions, they will not be able to perform their main function. You should be able to control the tension of your louvers, which is often accomplished by either tightening or loosening a screw that is inserted through the side of the shutter panel into the louver. The best tension control device, though, is a split nylon pin that links the louver to the stile. This means the tension won’t change and you do not have to perform any maintenance on the shutters.

4. There are many different styles of plantation shutters that are based on the original plantation design. These modifications usually do not stay in fashion very long. For this reason, it is recommended that you buy interior plantation shutters that are modeled after the traditional designs. This will ensure that you won’t have to change your shutters every time you change your d├ęcor. Because of the low-maintenance aspect of shutters, you can guarantee that you will have your shutters for many years to come.

Innovative Uses of Door Mats

Door mats characterize homes and have been a part of households since ages. Choosing the right door mat is equally important as well. Keep in mind the territory that you live in while choosing a door mat. Ranches and farms are the best places to invite dirt and mud into your homes than urban dwellings. Countryside roads do not have pavements or sidewalks hence it becomes really messy when it rains. You door mat should be a perfect balance of beauty and usefulness because there is no need to have a mat that looks great to have but does not work well in keeping the dirt away from your dwellings. So what are the uses of door mats? Let’s have a look.

Usually doormats are placed on the steps and are the first things that people come across while on their way to their homes. The main aim of door mats is to emphasize the beauty of the home as well as prevent any kind of dust or dirt from entering. Several respiratory diseases like sore throat, asthma etc, are caused due to impure air. Moreover virus, bacteria and fungi that float in the air enter through the dust particles that gain entry into our homes. A good mat at your door can drastically reduce the chance of these kinds of allergens from entering your home.

Choosing the right kinds of mats can also prove to be a great money saver. People suffering from respiratory symptoms have to spend a lot of money on their cures. Visits to the doctors, medicines and even appliances like air purifiers and de-humidifiers cost you a lot of money. You can save yourself from the wrath of such unnecessary expenditures just by taking some simple preclusive steps to deter the amount of dust from entering your home and perhaps the cheapest ways to do this is to invest in a good quality doormat.

Good quality doormats save you the time that you expend in cleaning up your house. It is a proven fact that tidying up your home can take up a lot of your valuable time. Be it vacuuming your house or mopping and scrubbing, these can be arduous tasks and costly as well because detergents can cost you a lot of money. Bigger houses can make matters even worse, especially when home owners are unable to clean up the house themselves and have to hire up cleaning agencies. This tends to append your house cleaning expenditure thus adding to your woes. Summing it all up a good quality doormat can work wonders for your home and save you money at the same time.

Sea Glass in Rhode Island – Where and When to Look

Rhode Island isn’t called the Ocean State for nothing. This tiny state is big on beaches, and also big on sea glass. In fact, some of the most beautiful sea glass can be found in this diminutive place.

One reason that Rhode Island is such a fantastic place to find sea glass is that there is incredible shore access. Unlike some states, such as Connecticut as an example, Rhode Island beaches are highly accessible. While Rhode Island has its fair share of private beaches, it prides itself on public right of ways leading to the sandy shore. Remember, the area between mean high and low tide is public domain. So if you have public access, once you’re on the beach, you can walk anywhere you want even if it’s in front of a private home. Just don’t sunbathe on the homeowner’s lawn and you’ll be fine.

Here are some places you can go to find sea glass in little Rhodie.

—Scarborough Beach. This is a public state beach that gets extremely crowded in the summer time, especially on hot, sunny days. But if you’re vacationing in Rhode Island and it’s a cloudy, cool day, head down to Scarborough and start hunting for sea glass. The glass found here is very smooth and nicely frosted. Low tide is the best time to go. If low tide hits before the beach officially opens, you’ll have better luck finding some nice pieces and you won’t have to fight the crowds. In fact, most state and town public beaches, including Misquamicut, Narragansett, are also good spots for these little jewels.

—Jamestown. Jamestown is an island between Newport and the mainland, accessible only by bridge. Near the town center is a nice stretch of beach that is often loaded with sea glass, including extremely rare colors such as red and black. Parking is limited and this is a public beach, so the best time to hunt for beach glass is during the off season or on cloudy days. Just about any beach on Jamestown has its share of these frosted jewels.

—Cominicut Point Park. This is an out-of-the way seaside park in Warwick that has some very nice volume of beach glass. This is a public park with lots of beach to hunt sea glass on and is known as one of the better places for beach glass in the state.

—Colt State Park, a rocky beach accessible only at low tide, located in Bristol. It’s also one of the prettiest spots in the state.

—Block Island. This is a not-to-miss place if you’re visiting Rhode Island, not just for beach glass but because this is a real jewel you cannot miss. Block Island is accessible only via ferry, but it’s well worth the trip. The island is surrounded by beaches, most of which have public access.

If you’re in Rhode Island on vacation, ask the locals where the best sea glass beaches are in your area. It’s a great cloudy day activity for the entire family.

Know Your Future With Free Horoscope Readings Online

Free horoscopes are readily available online these days, which can guarantee more or less accurate predictions about the future. Today horoscope reading is much sought after especially as very effective astrological techniques are being employed to examine it. The horoscope is basically an assembly of planet placements during the time of one’s birth which is represented in a diagram. This diagrammatic representation is called one’s birth chart based on which astrological predictions are eventually made. The free horoscopes websites help you understand your related horoscope without spending a penny and this facility is available online.

Horoscopes typically comprise 12 houses and represent the 360 degrees of what is called the celestial horizon. Free horoscopes help individuals get an idea about the astrological meaning of their birth charts. In free horoscope services, the astrologers observe and analyze an individual’s astronomical diagram studying the effects of different planets. All details are pondered upon and deliberated extensively to predict health, prosperity, and future of family affairs. Some individuals even get love horoscopes made to know more about compatibilities.

Reasons to use my horoscope

Advantages of free horoscopes are many and there are countless websites which can help you find and obtain results from your horoscope readings.

• Surfing through these sites can be entertaining and informative. These free astrology readings enable an individual to gain valuable insight into what is happening in their personal lives as well as in the lives of others around them. It helps you figure out why you behave the way you do and better deal with others.

• Love horoscopes for free demonstrate compatibility checks between couples. Checking your romantic compatibility is a good idea when you are new in a relationship.

• Weekly horoscopes provide weekly predictions and are read by people from all walks of life.

Free horoscope readings are services offered by plenty of online companies. These are unarguably beneficial because horoscope reading symbolizes a unique blend of art, sciences, and craft. There can be daily, weekly, or monthly forecasts depending on your preference. These companies offer a wide range of astrology services like creating baby horoscopes, checking partner compatibility, business-related astrology, forecast for the whole year, career forecast for an individual, numerology, and drawing up the Vedic birth chart.

A lot of our life changes can be attributed to the planetary rotation of celestial bodies. Free horoscopes which are astrological predictions based on these planetary rotations can help us achieve a greater level of consciousness. Like tarot cards and numerology, horoscope offers a useful insight of the past, the present, and the future. In this sense, the free online horoscopes, which are easily available today through the Internet, is slated to become the next big Internet phenomenon, considering the large numbers of followers they have.

How to Index the Jeep 4.0 Distributor

After having heard and read many horror stories about Jeep 4.0’s that don’t run after pulling the distributor, I was very careful about installing the distributor in my new Titan Stroker Motor.

The procedure in the factory recommended procedure is surprising simple. Here is my method of implementing the recommended procedure.

Use a 3/4 inch wrench to rotate the engine to the zero degree mark on the Damper. This is easier if the electric fan is not in the way. Also, you must ensure that you are on the compression stoke of the engine. One way to ensure this is to watch the motion of the valves and make sure that you are using the mark just after the intake valve closes.

Another note: If you damper is old, this is a good time to make sure it is not twisted by checking that the engine really is at TDC when the damper lines up with the mark.

With the cap on the distributor, scribe a line just to the left on the number one terminal. Transfer this line down onto the metal distributor housing. On the Renix version, it will be near where the wires come out.

Use a screwdriver to set the slot in the oil pump drive to 11 O’Clock.

Now take the distributor cap off. Eyeball the mounting tang over the mounting bolt hole in the block. Pick up the gasket you just dropped and put it back on.

Set the rotor to point to about 4 O’Clock. This will be a bit to the right of your mark.

Lower the distributor in to the hole and allow it to engage the camshaft drive gears. The rotor will turn as the gears engage. When it hits bottom, the rotor should be pointing at the mark you made earlier. If not, try again.

Put the mounting clamp on and tighten the bolt.

From the stories I have heard, the computer will not work if the distributor indexing is off even one gear tooth. By using this procedure, yours will be right. Check off another item from your list of Jeep Cherokee motor problems.

What is a Grace Note & How Does it Work?

A grace note should perhaps be thought of as an extra bit of flourish by the composer and player. Many call a grace note an “ornament” to be used in the ornamentation of music.

In music notation, a grace note is printed smaller than a regular note, sometimes with a slash through the note stem (more slashes can mean more grace notes from the same stem). Although grace notes are written in a particular way for a particular effect, the way they are played is often left to the discretion of the player (or conductor). Normally, a grace note does not take up a place in the music’s structure. In other words, it neither adds or detracts time from the notes around it and isn’t a part of the total time value of a particular line of music.

In symphonic music, grace notes are used to help express the music’s (and composer’s) intent. To create the effect, a flute player, for example, may very quickly press and release a key to create a grace note. A violinist may make a short, sharp movement of their bow the add the effect of a grace note. Playing a grace note on a trumpet could mean pressing a valve and releasing it almost instantaneously.

Many other genres of music use grace notes but in many different ways. A Blues guitarist, for example, will use “hammer ons,” “pull offs,” and “bends” on the strings of the guitar to add a vocal-like effect to the music. The music resulting from these effects (call them grace notes for lack of a better term) are very expressive and moving. As most Blues music is highly improvised, written music (and the grace notes that might appear in the music) is not common.

A Country guitarist may use grace notes in the same ways as a Blues player. But typically, these added notes are shorter in duration, often creating a “clucking” or “plucking” sound. Country music also makes extensive of the steel guitar, which for intent and purpose, is not a guitar at all, but a series of levers and pedals attached to a set of strings, and played with the musician’s feet and legs to create a certain soulful effect. A steel guitarist also uses a metal bar placed over the instrument’s strings to change the pitch of a note or group of notes, making it quite easy to play grace notes.

As far as the history of the grace note, Chopin as known to have used them quite extensively and they were common in other pieces of music from that time. To be proper, the words, “acciaccatura” and “appoggiatura” can be used to describe the occurrence of one or more graces notes from the same stem.