Fatigue After WLS: Iron Deficiency May Be the Cause

I’ve been feeling a tired and slow lately. Just don’t have my usual get-up and go. Naturally, I blame the gastric bypass – it gets the blame whenever I don’t feel well. After careful assessment I realized I have forgotten to take my vitamin for almost three weeks now. I am probably iron deficient – a risk all gastric bypass patients face.

We’ve all heard of anemia – a dangerous iron deficiency disease. In fact, iron-deficiency anemia is second only to obesity as a nation-wide health problem in the United States. Nine out of ten women in this country do not get their RDI of 18 milligrams of iron a day. That means their heart, brain and all other tissues are not receiving enough oxygen – iron is the chemical element in the red blood cell hemoglobin that delivers oxygen throughout the body.

If a person is short on iron they suffer a loss of energy, low-level fatigue – the blahs!

Brain activity, breathing, cellular respiration and every activity of the body depend on iron in the blood. Rosy cheeks and a glowing complexion indicate iron needs are met. Energy levels are up and an overall sense of wellness pervades.

Gastric bypass patients are at risk of iron deficiency because iron found in meat, poultry and fish is normally absorbed by the duodenum and small intestines. The nature of the bypassed system prevents adequate iron from foods from being absorbed. In addition, patients cannot physically eat enough food to meet the Daily Reference Intake (DRI).

To avoid iron deficiency and the resulting loss of energy patients must take an iron supplement daily.

Iron supplements: ferrous fumarate, ferrous gluconate or ferrous sulfate are recommended for all weight loss surgery patients. The body more readily absorbs iron when it is taken with vitamin C or a glass of orange juice. Your bariatric center may recommend a specific iron supplement for you. I take Puritan’s Pride® Easy Iron; a capsule that contains 28 milligrams of iron glycinate, a gentle form of iron that is highly absorbable and well tolerated. It also contains Vitamin C, Folic Acid and Vitamin B-12 to further aid iron absorption by the body. I take it by itself between meals with water. Iron can interfere with zinc and calcium so I do not take my other supplements at the same time.

Iron is a key element in the body’s energy-producing system. As you lose weight and become more active you will thrive with bounding energy. Be sure to maintain it by supplying your body with the iron it needs. In your annual blood test your serum ferritin level will measure your iron level and the nutritionist at your bariatric center will make the appropriate recommendations for supplementation.

It should be noted that iron RDI’s are different for men and pre-menopausal women. Men over 19 years old should intake 8 milligrams of iron a day, preferably from food sources; women aged 19 to 51 should intake 18 milligrams, supplementation is suggested. After menopause women need intake only 8 milligrams to meet iron needs.

Always assess your nutritional intake if you lack energy. There’s probably something you are missing, that once you get it back in your system you’ll be feeling prime and proper in no time! If you don’t know what vitamins & minerals you should be taking see your bariatric center.

Make Money Mailing Holiday Spirit

It is that time of year, the holidays are here and people are busier than ever. With everyone rushing around looking for the perfect gifts or planning the perfect meals, the little things tend to be overlooked. Things like mailing out greeting cards to all your family and friends. It is these holiday cards that make a person’s day. There is nothing like opening your mailbox to find out that someone is thinking about you.

What better way to make money, than by doing something that is going to help brighten someone’s day? Why not advertise that for a small price, you will mail out people’s holiday cards for them. You can even take it one step further and pick out the card and personalize it before you mail them out to your clients loved ones. This is not only a great way to get you into the holiday spirit, but you can also make a lot of extra cash doing so.

The best way to advertise your new greeting card business, is by fliers. Make your fliers,brightly colored so that they will be recognized and grab people’s attention as they walk by. Place these fliers everywhere that shoppers will be. It is also important to get ahead of the game, while advertising will be your biggest cost, (depending on if you make your own fliers, or have someone else print them for you) it would be your best bet to stock up on a couple boxes of holiday cards, to beat the rush. Share your spirit of the season with everyone.

5 Different Types of Printed Circuit Boards

A printed circuit board (PCB) is a standard component in many different electronic gadgets, such as computers, radars, beepers, etc. They are made from a variety of materials with laminate, composite and fiberglass the most common. Also, the type of circuit board can vary with the intended use. Let’s take a look at five of the different types:

Single sided – this is the most typical circuit board and is built with a single layer or base material. The single layer is coated with a conductive material like copper. They may also have a silk screen coat or a protective solder mask on top of the copper layer. A great advantage of this type of PCB is the low production cost and they are often used in mass-produced items.

Double sided – this is much like the single sided, but has the conductive material on both sides. There are many holes in the board to make it easy to attach metal parts from the top to bottom side. This type of circuit board increases operational flexibility and is a practical option to build the more dense circuit designs. This board is also relatively low-cost. However, it still isn’t a practical option for the most complex circuits and is unable to work with technology that reduces electromagnetic interference. They are typically used in amplifiers, power monitoring systems, and testing equipment.

Multi-layer – the multi-layer circuit board is built with extra layers of conductive materials. The high number of layers which can reach 30 or more means it is possible to create a circuit design with very high flexibility. The individual layers are separated by special insulating materials and substrate board. A great benefit of this type of board is the compact size, which helps to save space and weight in a relatively small product. Also, they are mostly used when it is necessary to use a high-speed circuit.

Flexible – this is a very versatile circuit board. It is not only designed with a flexible layer, but also available in the single, double, or multi-layer boards. They are a great option when it is necessary to save space and weight when building a particular device. Also, they are appreciated for high ductility and low mass. However, the flexible nature of the board can make them more difficult to use.

Rigid – the rigid circuit board is built with a solid, non-flexible material for its layers. They are typically compact in size and able to handle the complex circuit designs. Plus, the signal paths are easy to organize and the ability to maintain and repair is quite straightforward.

Flexible Dip Molded Bellows

Bellows made using vinyl are the most common and popular as they provide the best solution for applications for hydraulic, pneumatic or any mechanical acting shafts and rods requiring protection. This is because the vinyl bellows allow full operational travel and at the same time offer protection of working parts from dirt and other materials which can be damaging to the seals and rod mechanisms thereby causing failure.

The dip molded flexible bellows are used in different kinds of industries including furniture manufacture, automotive and even agriculture and they are perfect in offering harm prevention and protection of components. The services offered by the vinyl bellows are not just helpful to the end users of the product but also in enhancement of products. The production of the dip molded bellows is simple and cost effective since the process can easily handle low and high volumes of the bellows.

The parallel bellow type is the most commonly used and is quite simple and economic to tool for. It has concentric convolutions and is very economic to produce as this tooling can be dipped at faster speeds with more tooling mounting than more complex bellows shapes. The specialists need very little time to produce the simple types of vinyl bellows. For the more complex bellow designs which could call for the incorporation of more than one collapsible sections, the process is much deeper but achievable at the same time. These bellows are mostly for hydraulic systems and they include oval, rectangular, pyramidal and square among other size and shape combinations that the bellows could be needed in.

The good thing is that even with the complex styles, dip molding still makes it easy for the specialists to achieve the desired results easily. The process makes it possible for the bellows to be produced in a wide range of styles as well as materials since they can be made to suit different industries. They also come in different colors since individuals are in a position to choose the most suitable for their needs and liking.

The flexible bellows can be used in different applications including moving parts such as hydraulic rams, actuation rods, gas struts and exposed springs. It is important to look for experienced and knowledgeable specialists and experts who have the ability to meet all your needs. The selection of the specialists is very important since it determines the kind of results that they manage to offer you and you will want the very best for your kind of application.

Wetlands – A Losing Battle

Saving wetlands is a losing battle! First, one must ask if the environmental fervor to save wetlands is based on real science. Second, if that question can be answered in the affirmative, the next question is, “can we save wetlands?” Third, if both of those questions can be answered in the affirmative, then one must ask, “how can we go about saving wetlands in a way that is cost effective, or is there another tactic in the bigger picture that makes scientific and economic sense in our ecosystem?”

Let’s face it, there has been little proof that all the laws, rules, and regulations designating and governing wetlands around our nation has been effective. The Seattle Times, certainly a liberal newspaper that zealously promotes wetlands and environmental protection, shed some serious light on what a dismal failure the federal and state and county governments have been in protecting our designated wetlands.

“Time and again, efforts to re-create nature by replacing wetlands fail, if the effort is made at all. The science is relatively new and evolving, and wetlands replacements are often allowed to be afterthoughts for developers. . . . Even the state’s highest environmental officials concede the system is broken. . . . ‘We are kidding ourselves; the emperor has no clothes,’ said Thomas Hruby, a senior ecologist at the Ecology Department. ‘We are deluding ourselves, hoping there is a silver bullet out there that will allow us to have our growth and not have the impacts. It’s a state of denial.'”

The cost of protecting wetlands is in the billions nationwide, and the scientific community still cannot agree on the state of our progress, or lack thereof. This cost cannot be calculated, but it hits all of us in two ways.

First, when privately owned land is designated as wetlands (even when no one can see signs of water, or the hole was dug with a shovel and the hole later has standing water in it), the owners, who are often widows or senior citizens, cannot sell their land for the fair market value it would have in the real estate market for its highest and best use. This cost alone has stolen millions and millions of dollars out of the pockets of hard working middle class Americans.

Second, the actual cost of protecting wetlands through the extensive and complicated engineering that is required is beyond comprehension for most of us. There are 10’s of thousands of massive wetlands protection projects around the country costing millions of dollars with negligible results.

The Port of Seattle has already spent $62,000,000 to replace wetlands filled in for a third runway at Sea-Tac. The Army Corps of Engineers scientist said, “the jury is still out” on the success of some of the mitigation. Not to get picky here, but have all you taxpayers signed up for this expense voluntarily?

The truth is, protecting wetlands with extreme fervor may actually be a black hole for taxpayers. We pay, government spends. What many people find so disturbing is that there is little proof that all our tax dollars are doing anything to save the environment.

On the beautiful Northern Olympic Peninsula, and in Sunny Sequim, Washington and it’s sister city, Port Angeles, thousands of acres have been designated as wetlands at a tremendous cost to private landowners, and with wheel barrels of tax dollars. Are we really saving the environment? If we held court, and had a civil jury where the burden of proof was the lowest standard, “by a preponderance of the evidence,” I am afraid the case for wetlands protection would be dismissed.

Breast Lift For Sagging Breasts And Aesthetic Problems

Some females get upset because of sagging breasts, and they try to find a reliable and effective way to improve the appearance of their breasts and look better. To resolve the problem of sagging or droopy breasts, breast lift surgery was introduced, which is the best way to improve the shape of breasts. Loose skin is the major cause of sagging breasts, so the skin is tightened through a surgical procedure by removing the skin. The skin is removed according to the droop of the breasts, if required, more skin is removed. Some women have very large nipples that can also be resized through surgery. There are different degrees of droopy or sagging breasts, and the treatment is dependent on the level of droop. If a woman has a mild droop, then only skin around the nipple is removed, and the scars disappear after some time. For correction of moderate droop, a surgeon has to remove skin around the nipple as well as below the nipple. For advanced droop, it is preferred to remove the skin from three sites.

There are different aesthetic problems associated with breast lift surgery that might cause dissatisfaction in the patients. A very common problem of the surgery is appearance of scars. The scars are usually at or below the nipple, and they fade out with the passage of time. Although they become barely visible with the passage of time, but some women are very conscious about them. Some women become dissatisfied with the shape of their breasts, after going through the surgical procedures of breast lift and think that their breasts look hollow. These women can combine the surgery with augmentation, because in this way the implants can improve the appearance of the breasts. Those with very large breasts also suffer a lot because in most of cases, the breasts of these women sag after few months. For these women, the best thing is to have breast reduction through which their breasts will be raised, as well as reduced in size.

Some women complain that their nipples become very high after breast lift surgery. With the passage of time their breasts might descend, but the nipples will not. These women can go through another surgery, but it will also leave scars. It is very important for everyone to get complete information about the surgical procedure, its limitations and potential problems in order to get realistic expectations. If an experienced and qualified surgeon is going to perform breast lift surgery, then there are greater chances that the results will be satisfactory. There are so many surgeons available in different areas, so it is better to compare their expertise and find the best one. Previous results of surgeries that have been performed by these surgeons can be helpful for you, to create an impression of a surgeon. Plenty of information is available about the surgical processes for sagging breasts, and the problems that can arise after the surgery.

Home Buyers, Brush Up On Your Roof-Top Knowledge

In the great search for the perfect home there are many details to consider. A huge part of the integrity of any building is, of course, the roof. There are various different types of roofs and roofing material, all with particular advantages and draw-backs. You’ll want consider this information as you continue your hunt. A good roof is part of a great investment. Likewise, if you are buying into a home that needs a roof replacement, it is not a bad idea to have a handle on the type of roofing materials on the market.

Asphalt

Asphalt roofs are the most popular roof choice in North America. They are a proven covering material available in many styles, shapes and colors. Asphalt shingles normally last about 20 years, but when covered in copper sheeting their life can be extended up to 30 or 40 years. Asphalt shingles are suitable for most residential applications and compared to other roofing products asphalt are a relatively inexpensive choice. Asphalt shingles are also a user friendly choice. Experienced do-it-yourselfers will have no problems applying asphalt shingles successfully. Asphalt is a low maintenance product with easy repairs. You can go ahead with asphalt knowing it has been around for over 100 years and has a proven track record.

Membrane

Flat roofs usually require some type of membrane roofing material. There are three main types. Thermoset Membranes chemically cross link. “What does this mean?”, you may ask. It basically amounts to having one giant molecule of roofing over your head- no seams attached! These membranes are quite thick and offer superior performance in a wide range of exposures. The Thermoplastic Membrane roofs are similar to Thermosets, but do not chemically cross link. Instead, seams are welded together with heat or solvents. PVC plastic materials are used with both these types of roofing. There are many different “code” acronyms that you might hear a roofer talk about. Be sure to find out the exact material and material details from your roofer. The third type of membrane is Modified Bitumen Membrane, which is an evolution of asphalt roofing. These membranes combine asphalt with modifiers and reinforcement materials. The preferred method of applying these particular membranes is through the “torch down” method. A flame throwing torch melts the asphalt so that the seams can be joined together. Membrane roofs are a great choice and often come with a long life warrantee- usually around 15-25 years, depending on the thickness of materials used.

Metal

The longest lasting and probably most expensive roof choice is a metal roof. They will typically last 40-50 years. Metal roof are also favored for their speed, ease of installation and fire resistant qualities. Metal roofs are surprisingly lightweight and reflect heat from the sun. Drawbacks, aside from the costs of premium materials, are noise and denting. If a golf ball hits your metal roof, not only will you hear it, you may also have a permanent dent in your roof!. And although the noise can be controlled in various ways, if you you live in a rainy climate and want a metal roof, you had better like the sound of rain pitter pattering, or pelting above you.

Wood

Wooden roofs are generally comprised of either shingles or shakes. Usually made from western red cedar, a long-lasting, straight-grained wood, shingles have a life expectancy similar to most other roofs. Wood shakes are thicker and rougher and like shingles have an average life expectancy of 25 years. One draw back to wooden roofs is that the are certainly not fire-resistant. Some local codes require that the wood be pressure-treated. Therefore, wooden roofs may not be suitable for use in fire-prone areas. Wood materials often require more maintenance than other roofing options, especially if you live in a harsh climate.

Tile

Tile roofs initially cost a lot more to install than asphalt shingle or wood shake roofs, but they also last much longer. Their lifecycle can be from 50-100 years, and sometimes even longer.Tile is often used in more expensive, custom homes. Tile has the unique ability of being able to accent the exterior color or finish of any home or building. With better insulating properties, tile is also your most energy-efficient material choice. Tile roofing systems allow air circulation under the tile, reducing heat transfer to attics during fires. But take note, tile roofs are not meant to be walked on!

How Does Screen Printing Actually Work?

Screen printing, or silk screening, is an age-old process to print on just about any material. With new machinery it is even possible to print on cylinders which, with traditional screen printing methods, would be impossible. The original silk used for a screen has been replaced today with a nylon material that has a very, very tight mesh. It does still have the feel and appearance of silk.

The screen material is stretched over a frame, often made of wood. It is a lot like a screen window that you would have in your house, although the screen mesh is much tighter, meaning the weave is much closer together. The screen is covered on both sides with a product called "emulsion". Emulsion is a photo sensitive material that will coat the nylon mesh. When it is exposed to light the emulsion hardens and bonds with the screen mesh. Nothing happens to the emulsion where light is blocked from reaching it and it is later washed away.

The process involves three basic steps. One is to prepare your artwork, image or text and get that made into a piece of film. This film is clear with the artwork or text being black. Second is to lay this film on top of your screen and expose it to a light source for a pre-determined amount of time. Third you will lay your screen onto the material to be printed on and drag ink over it with a squeegee.

Let's say we want to print the letters "ABC". We would start by creating a piece of film that would have the three letters on it, probably right in the center. The three letters would be black on this piece of film and the rest would be transparent. This piece of film is laid flat onto the screen and a piece of glass is laid over it to keep everything from moving. When we expose this to light the clear areas on the film will harden the emulsion and make it permanent on the screen. After the exposure the screen is washed with running water and the parts of the emulsion that were not exposed to light will wash away. In this scenario we will have our letters "ABC" on our screen where ink will pass through and print to whatever material is below it because the unexposed emulsion will wash away.

If we wanted to print each of the letters in a different color, let's say red, white and blue, we would need a separate screen for each of the three letters, but we would have to have both letter in the correct position so that they did not print on top of each other or out of position. The easiest way to do that with our "ABC" scenario is to set up the three separate screens and then block the "B" and the "C" with paper or a tape and do the exposure of just the "A". We'll call this our red screen. We'll block the "A" and the "C" off our next screen and call that our white screen. Now we'll block the "A" and "B" and call this our blue screen. Now we have three separate screens, each in a separate frame and each with part of our "ABC" image. We could make three separate pieces of film as well, each one with just one letter, but that takes extra materials.

When printing this "ABC" image we will print the "A" screen, then the "B" screen and finally the "C" screen to come up with our three color image. Care must be taken to register your frame in the exact same spot each time so that all text and images on the screen show up in the correct spots on the finished product.

To print the screen is laid down on the material that you want to print. Everything must be held securely in place so the frame, nor the material moves at all. The color of ink you want to use is then applied to the screen above the image. If we are printing the "A" then that screen is placed over the material and red ink is placed onto the screen. We will then take a squeegee and pull the red ink down over the letter "A" and then back up again to go over it a second time. This will have printed the letter "A" in red ink onto whatever you are printing on, a t-shirt, poster or whatever. Repeat this process with the other two letters and ink colors to finish the product.

Screen printing is one of the best ways to print onto cloth and paper among many other things. Modern equipment allows you to mass produce products like t-shirts. A typical t-shirt printer will be set up with stations and several people will operate the machine at the same time, each printing one color. The Screen printing machine would then index, or revolve, to move the t-shirt into the next position and print that color.

A Few Tips on Watercolour Papers

Probably one of the most important aspects of choosing Watercolour paper is the surface texture as this will either help you or hinder you with your watercolour painting. Watercolour paper is divided into three categories according to the surface of the paper: Rough, Hot-Pressed (HP), and Cold-Pressed (NOT).

Rough watercolor paper, as you’d expect from the name has the most textured surface, or most prominent tooth. It’s described as having a pebbly surface with a series of irregular rounded shapes just like a pebbled beach. When using rough paper the paint from a very watery wash tends to collect in the indentations in the paper, creating a grainy effect when the paint dries. Alternately if you dry brush lightly across the surface, you’ll apply paint only to the raised parts of the paper, the paint will only touch the tops of the ridges and not in the indentations. Rough paper is generally not a good paper for painting fine detail, but is excellent for a loose, more expressive style of painting.

HP stands for “Hot Pressed” and is the smoothest paper and is suitable for high detail work. Hot-pressed watercolour paper has a smooth surface with almost no tooth. Its smooth surface is ideal for painting fine detail and for even washes of colour. HP is not an ideal surface for beginners as they sometimes have problems with the paint sliding around on the smooth surface.

Cold-pressed watercolor paper is sometimes called “NOT” (as in “not hot pressed”). It’s a slightly textured paper and is the most popular as it’s suitable for most types of work. Cold-pressed paper is a medium paper, in between Rough and Hot-pressed paper and having a slightly textured surface. Cold-pressed paper is the most commonly used Watercolour paper as it allows for a good amount of fine detail work while also having enough texture to allow a more loose expressive style of painting.

The thickness of a sheet of watercolour paper is measured by its weight. So the greater the weight, the thicker the paper. Watercolour paper is measured in either (lb) pounds per ream or (gsm) grams per square meter. Most papers have both weights advertised as standard. There are 4 standard weights of watercolour paper, these are 90 lb (190 gsm), 140 lb (300 gsm), 260 lb (356 gsm), and 300 lb (638 gsm).

When you use a thinner paper it needs to be stretched, this is done to prevent the paper from buckling or warping when you paint on it. How thick the paper needs to be before it will start buckling does depend on how wet you tend to make the paper as you paint. The best way to decide which is the best weight of paper for your painting style is to experiment with different weights to see, but it’s likely you’ll find that paper with a weight of 140 lb (300 gsm) or less needs to be pre-stretched.

How to pre-stretch Watercolour paper: If you have chosen a paper of 140lb (300gsm) or less then the chances are you will need to pre-stretch your paper. The reason for pre-stretching is with the lighter weight papers when you apply water it moves and buckles, or “Cockling”. This happens when the application of water when painting, will cause one side of the paper to expand slightly, the other side will remain dry and due to the sizing contained within the sheet will not expand. To counteract the papers movement on the wetted side, the paper buckles and warps. This then causes the very unsightly effect of buckling which is not ideal for the finished painting, and is also quite difficult to work with.

1. Immerse your sheet of paper either in a bath of cold water or under a tap for approximately 1 to 2 minutes, this is to allow the fibers in the paper to expand. Take care when handling your paper, ideally before you start wash your hands thoroughly and don’t touch the area you intend to paint, this is because the paper is fragile when it’s wet and also your finger marks will show up in your wash due to the grease on your fingers.

2. Carefully place your soaked sheet of paper flat on a board.

3. Using gummed tape, stick down all four edges of your paper, you can also staple down your paper but don’t use heavy duty staplers as it will be hard to get the staples out which may result in you damaging your paper.

4. Blot any excess water from your paper, ideally use a clean sponge and leave to dry on a flat surface, a flat surface is preferred otherwise the water will drain to one edge and the paper will dry unevenly.

5. Leave your paper to dry at least for a couple of hours, but ideally over night. When your paper is completely dry it will be stretched tightly on the board and when you apply your wash the paper will not move or buckle again.

All Watercolour paper is made with a difference between the two sides, one side is usually slightly smoother and the other side has a slight hairier texture to it. There isn’t a right and wrong side because which you use would depend on what you require from your watercolor paper. The smoother side of a paper is better if you’re painting a lot of detail, while the hairier side is better if you want to build up colour by using lots of glazes.

The colour of watercolor paper varies from manufacturer to manufacturer and even between the different types of paper made by the same manufacturer. Watercolour paper doesn’t just come in white it can range from a warm, rich cream to a cold, blueish white. The difference in colour tones can sometimes be easy to see, but at times it can be so slight that it is hardly evident even when you have two different sheets of watercolor paper next to one another.

One thing to consider when choosing your watercolour paper is that the different colour tones of paper will affect your paintings, as basically your starting your painting with a glaze, so this will have an impact on your painting. A watercolour paper with a slight cream colour can make your colours appear muddy or dull. A watercolour paper with a blueish tint can give your yellows a greenish appearance. When you are buying your watercolor paper, take its colour tint into consideration just as much as you would its texture and weight.

Karma – Does It Haunt You?

Is Karma coming back to haunt you? Are you allowing Karma to be a Self punishing experience? Do you believe that no matter what you do Karma is your fate because you were not meant to have a great life?

These are the million dollar questions you need to ask your Self. Is Karma a debilitating Belief System that keeps you in an endless loop of punishment? So what is that about? Is Karma about Self punishment? Is Karma about a continuous continuing continuum of sentencing your Self to Self-Retribution? If this is what works for you, then, ‘enjoy’ it. Are the ramifications of the not being worthy, not good enough and not smart enough syndrome the pay off to being less than perfect?

That is how Karma is carried forward whether in this lifetime or in other lifetimes… past, present and future. Past, present and future are all one. You are caught up in the ridiculous and debilitating Belief System, the B.S. Karma Program that says,

• This is too good to be true.

• Wait until the other shoe falls

• Everything is going well, it can not last

• Good stuff is short lived

• It is only luck and my luck will run out

• There is a price for everything… I will only allow myself to enjoy a little.

It is time to accept the Universal Laws are equally distributed among all living things. You can STOP allowing your Self to go into the debilitating Karma Program to affect and influence your life. This is the life time you can change all the old programs and patterns. Karma is a wake up call not a life sentence.

You came here to live your life. Make each moment your best moment to enjoy. What you think, say and do creates your day. What are you thinking, saying and doing? If you are doing all the above then, you reap what you sow.

Since the good news is, because your thoughts, feelings, words and actions create your world, you have the power to create a world of peace, harmony and abundance in all ways. In order to do this, it is essential that you learn to manage your thoughts, words, feelings and actions.

Make every moment a moment that creates your desires. No matter what is transpiring, avoid being involved unless being involved serves your highest and greatest potential to be your best actualized Self. Step Up! Take charge of your life. Karma is not the problem – you are!! Stop using Karma as your excuse, permission and/or reason to punish your Self. Self punishment is analogous to taking poison and waiting for someone else to die.

Take a stand for your Self. You absolutely, positively deserve to have health, wellness and abundance. Put Fun into your life. Kick Karma to the curb. Drop-kick it to the back field into the never-ending abyss of punishment, sabotage and trauma drama.

Give your Self permission to enjoy life, to be creative, enjoy the full benefits of a prosperous, abundant life. You are the sovereign nation of your life. Be in command. Accept your value. Accept your worth. Now go out and ‘do’ it. And reap the benefits of bliss.

Contract Employee Form – Use a Contract Employee Form to Engage Employees

A contract employee form is a form that an employee must fill out to disclose information about him. His employer needs to ascertain his identity and to get information about him that are essential to his employment.

The things to be entered in the contract employee form vary. Usually, the employee would be asked to enter his first name, middle name, last name and his title. This is to properly identify him and under such name a record of him can be started.

This form would also often ask for the employee’s mailing address, street name and number, city and state. This is so that the company can have an address to where necessary mail may be sent.

One will also be asked of his home address, if this is different from the mailing address. The home address – street name and number, city and state, is necessary in an employment form as it is necessary in every other form. With a person’s home address, the employer would know where to look for him when necessary.

A contract employee form could also contain the scope of work of an employee that the employer would require him to do as part of his employment. This may include the location of his work, the number of hours he is required to render everyday, the days he is required to show up, the general description of his daily tasks, the name of his position, and the like.

This could also include some conditions and the protocol to such conditions when encountered. For example, this kind of form may say that if a task is assigned by the employer, the employee has to do it. If there are rules imposed by the same, the latter must abide by it.

There could be a number of protocols included in these kinds of form but the general idea is that when an employee signs this form, he assents to the authority of the employer. This is a binding contract.

This form would also usually contain the specific start and end of the contract between the employer and the employee. The content of these forms differ. But the important thing is that whatever one says in the form should be true. Once a person enters into a contract it is law between the two contracting parties. A party who discloses the wrong information in this form can be held liable.

Container Gardening Tips That Even A Beginner Can Use

You don’t have to have a giant backyard to enjoy some of the calm and relaxing moments that gardening can offer you. If you live in an apartment or have a small yard, container gardening can be the answer to your problems. This form of gardening offers the versatility of moving your plants around and still getting the chance to harvest vegetables. This article will focus on some basic tips to help you get started with container gardening.

The plants that you choose should fit your lifestyle and wallet too. Container gardening isn’t very expensive, but in due time if you aren’t careful, it can definitely get to be. There is no assurance that container gardening is foolproof or the plants that you choose will survive your lifestyle and environment. For example, if you don’t have the time or energy to water your plants often, choose plants that don’t require much water. If you are low on cash, check out some second hand stores to provide some affordable containers for your plants.

Your plants need to be put into a container that has enough drainage holes. Drainage holes are there for a reason and it can be a simple matter of life or death for your plants. These holes allow excess water to drain through the holes, preventing the roots of your plants from rotting. Too much water can cause your soil to become soggy and wet, eventually resulting in rotting plant roots. If you have ever thought that adding rocks or gravel to the bottom of a pot decreases drainage problems, you’re quite wrong. None of these things can prevent your plant’s roots from rotting.

If you aren’t a seasoned gardener, definitely invest in some good quality potting soil. Meanwhile some gardeners will tell you that it is perfectly okay to fill up your potted soil with junk; this also causes your plant’s soil to dry out much faster. Unless you are a perfect gardener and have a very low track record for error, avoid filling your pot with gunk and just buy some good potting soil instead.

Make sure that you take the time to acclimate your plants. Even a seasoned gardener can attest to the fact that sometimes plants just swoon and die, while others can take a heavy beating. If you take the time to acclimate them to small changes in light exposure, temperature and water, you will find that your plants have a better survival and success rate. This is especially important if your plants are young and were just recently purchased from the pampered environment of a greenhouse.

Container gardening is one of those things where you just need to know when to stop. Even the most seasoned gardener will kill plants and the more plants you plant in a given container, the higher your plant death rate is. It is just a simple fact of life and not something to discourage anyone from gardening. If you see one of your plants in your container that’s dying, there are several things you can do. Take the time and cut back the plant dramatically.

In most cases this is a simple fix and you will see drastic changes in the plant within weeks. If the dying/dead plant is just becoming an eyesore and really beyond hope, take it out of the container and replace it with a new and healthy plant. Last, but not least, if your plant is clearly suffering from a disease, either quarantine it immediately away from other plants or just throw it to ensure the survival of your container.

If you are planning on planting several plants together in one container, make sure that they work well together. This means, ensure that all of the plants have similar requirements for light as well as moisture. If you choose to plant plants that don’t make good neighbors, you can end up with a container full of dying and wilting plants.

Container gardening isn’t for everyone, but if you need just the right advice and have the patience to wait for success, it could be for you. If your first plant dies or just doesn’t make it, don’t feel bad; pull it out and replace it with something else!

RV Air-Conditioning Systems Considered

One of the most important things to consider when driving around this great nation in a recreational vehicle is your air-conditioning system. If your air-conditioning system goes out while you are in Arizona in the summer time with a 119-degree day you will most likely perish. And certainly dying is most likely not they way you wanted your vacation to conclude. So, I therefore recommend installing a robust air-conditioning system and further recommend that you do the required preventative maintenance on it as well.

For my coach I chose to install a few AIRXCEL RVP brand units and I am happy I did and quite satisfied as they have operated trouble free for five years now. And best of all they are made in the United States supporting our own US workers here at home too. AIRXCEL has several brands and service centers and distributors nationwide although I have never had to call on any of them thanks to trouble free equipment.

For the best air quality I recommend changing out the filters in each unit about every three months, unless you are in a really dusty environment. If so do this after you leave to maintain proper coach air quality. I recommend always having at least three sets of filters with you at all times. As you take apart the unit you should inspect all the electrical parts for dust and debris and if they need to, blow them out to free the dust, but use a shop vacuum first to get most of it; make sure the unit is off and the power too. Please consider all this in 2006.

Air Conditioning Solutions – How to Improve Its Efficiency?

Installation of air conditioning system is as important as maintenance. You must make sure that you have a properly designed AC duct so that it delivers better air quality, cooling and heating too. There are slit AC type which can be used both in-house as well as an exterior unit. Apart from this, you can also find a floor AC type which is ideal for remote location. It sends air from a remote place to different rooms. It is not possible to have different AC systems in a large mall. Here, a floor standing system will help to cool the larger factory, halls and huge mansions. It further allows for temperature deviation to different rooms.

It is but mandatory to clean your AC duct more frequently so that it does not affect the air quality or lead to excessive power consumption. If you want to cover up more number of rooms, then you must get total air conditioning system installed. This will cool two houses which are adjacent to each other and will carry it out simultaniously.

It usually requires an indoor evaporator, a compressor or a condenser outdoor. Newer systems must be well designed so that there is less power consumption. You must choose a good SEER rating in order to have better performance and improved air quality. Old and inadequately maintained AC Duct will lead to poor indoor cooling. It may get damaged due to rodent's attack, seals not strong enough, or your air vents may be blocked due to the accumulation of dust.

Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio or SEER rating is what determines the efficiency of an air conditioning system. This SEER rating plays an important role in energy consumption and definitely affects the energy efficiency ratio. If you want to decrease your electricity bills you must make use of a good SEER rating in your cooling systems. Better efficiency better is the power consumption!

Jar Candles

The candle jars that are used can be homemade and can be derived from old empty glass jars from your very own kitchen. These are appropriate for gel and aromatherapy candles. These come in different forms and shapes. You may also decorate your own jars by sticking glitters or beads on the outer layer.

They remove the tension through the flow of the wax. The candle is kept inside the jar that protects the wax from flowing out. These are very well-known for adding accent to a ready design. They are designed to cleanly burn all the way down to the bottom.

These can save embarrassing moments and can add an elegant effect to your living place. These are affordable for any household and add perfect beauty to the decoration. It is very easy for anyone to choose any colors because of the wide availability of these jar candles.

Jar candles are easy to decorate by matching scents. They are very attractive in appearance and very affordable. These can be used as gifts for anyone we love. It is a real joy to look at them with their beautiful flame. They could really make you calm and relax. Jar candles may come in different sizes such as 5.5 oz, 12 oz or 18 oz jars. These may vary from scents and these scents contain essential oils that will benefit your body and soul. These bring hours of your favorite aromas. These are popular to people who show great interest in candle making and collecting candles.