Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Cold Season Already?

Where did the Summer go? Is it time for Cold Season Tea already? We've been hearing about Swine Flu since this past April (09), so perhaps it's been time for time for Cold Season Tea all Summer!

Cold Season Tea Bag In Cup

I haven't been ill, but I've been drinking Yogi Cold Season Tea every year for at least past 15 years now, usually starting when the weather begins getting cooler.

It hasn't completely kept me from getting sick every season, but it certainly has reduced how often, or how bad it can be. Besides, it has become a habit each year, a delicious one at that.Cold Season Tea In Cup

Based on the five Ayurvedic Spices from India, Yogi Cold Season Tea has a flavor that has become a part of my yearly experience. I suppose that some day I should see if I can make it an Iced Tea to substitute for some of the Iced Coffee I usually drink during the warm weather.

Then I can enjoy it all year long, not just during the cold season!

Friday, March 27, 2009

It's Finally Spring!

After starting March with a storm that gave us about 10 inches of snow, it was nice when the weather did start warming up by the end of the month.

With so many snow storms, we had a lot more sand on the front lawn than normal, so I spent the better of a day trying to sweep it off into the street to be cleaned up with the rest of the sand on the road.

As I swept the sand, I was also cleaning up leaves left over
from last fall, broken branches and trash.

I was amazed at how much sand there was. Town workers actually
cleaned the sidewalk across the street twice before they returned
with the street sweeper several days later.

It's been a few months since my last update, and even though I haven't been blogging, I have been busy online

I received my first commission payment from PepperJam, which was about $150, in February. My second payment was less than half that, but I had made the mistake of not working on my websites in January (and again in February, so I'll be paying for that with next month's payment).

In March, I finally reached payout from Amazon, which is mostly based on one of the only things I did do in January, I stopped trying to sell product from my own online store, and switched everything over to Amazon affiliate links.

I also began working on my Squidoo sites again. It was nice to see their traffic increase, after working on each one, especially the one I did about Cash Gifting Scams.

I have a lot more work to do, I did have 50 Squidoo Lenses, but 2 were built around videos which kept getting removed from YouTube, so I deleted them. When I finish going over the ones I haven't updated yet, then I'll feel more comfortable building new ones.

Besides updating my work on Squidoo, I've also starting doing freelance graphic work using GIMP. The first bits of that can be seen on GypsyOwl's 5000TH Tweet - Tribute TO YOU - #FollowFriday Lens.

Who knows, if this works out, maybe I'll find myself doing more of this kind of online freelancing, it's a very enjoyable way to make money.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Mouthwash linked to cancer

AUSTRALIA'S top-selling mouthwashes can cause oral cancer and should be pulled from supermarket shelves immediately.

Leading independent experts have issued this strong warning after investigating latest scientific evidence linking alcohol-containing mouthwashes to the deadly disease.

Read the full story here:
'Mouthwash linked to cancer'


The good news is that there are natural mouthwashes and oral rinses available.

See Natural Mouthwash
for more details.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Happy 2009!

Happy New Year!

I didn't update last week because of all the work I was doing finishing up 50 Lenses (pages) on Squidoo. The final two were Why I Love The GIMP and CleanerLife's Lenses, but I also went back and did some updating on my older Lenses.

I did get the White Christmas I was hoping for, even if it wasn't as much snow as I would have liked.



We received more snow on New Year's Eve. The snow thrower survived a snow clearing session mid-storm, but appeared to die the next morning during the final clean up. The problem was actually that the key had fallen out and landed on the ground.

Luckily, I found it while clearing snow with the shovel. Pretty funny, because it's not like it is easy to remove the key from it's slot, and it seemed pretty secure after being put back into place.

Not sure exactly where the new year will take me, but I'm looking at some pretty good money on my way from affiliate links on Squidoo. My affiliate income started looking good before I even made 50 Lenses, so I'm sure to start building more like ones generating affiliate income.

Right now, the affiliate income is looking better than any payout I'm likely to get from Squidoo itself. Of course getting a payout from Squidoo would certainly be nice.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Snow Removal Less Than A Week Before Christmas



Finally received some real snow. The storm slowly started midday on Friday, and this is what we had Saturday morning.





We had about a foot of snow. It was still a light, yet steady snow when we started clearing the driveway and cleared off the cars and truck.



It's about 110 ft from the house to the road, and the driveway is wide enough to have three vehicles parked side by side at it's widest and could just barely fit two side by side at the road.

In years past, when the driveway would be cleared by someone with a snow plow on a truck, we would park the cars single file to one side, leaving the other side wide open for the snow plow.

The removal would be charged per storm, and during one year when we had a lot of storms, my dad spent so much money he decided to by a snow thrower (we've always called them snow blowers).


That was five years ago, and this Yard Machine snow thrower has more than paid for itself.

I started thinking about what I might look for to replace this if it would break down, and considering the size of this driveway and the large amounts of snow we get, I'm not sure if any of the electric models would be able to handle it.

Maybe I'll buy one anyway, and use it when we don't have as much snow.

As for getting another gas powered one like this one, I found that they no longer rate them by hp (horsepower), so I guess I would get another two-stage with a 24 inch clearing width which has the 179cc engine.

The 24 inch seems to be just the right width for getting in between the vehicles when we park normally.

Regardless of how good the snow blower is, sometimes you can't beat a good shovel. I like this snow shovel/pusher I have here. The shape is good for shoveling and pushing the snow around, and with the metal edge, it does a great job of getting right down to the pavement.

This morning I cleared out the parking spaces again using just the snow shovel, it's a nice excuse to get some exercise.

There's another storm predicted for Christmas Eve, and if it's rain, I won't be having a white Christmas. We'll see.

New pages I've authored include Saitek Eclipse Keyboard: The Best Backlit-keyboard Ever, Logitech Cordless Optical Trackman (USB/PS/2): The Best Trackball Ever, All Natural Herbal Cough Syrup, Back To School Bedding, and Cash Gifting Cash Leveraging Giving Programs All Are Pyramid Schemes Scams.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Wondering About A White Christmas


Second snow of the season, and it's really not all that much. I'm hoping for more by Christmas.

I still haven't had much time for blogging as I continue to write on Squidoo. I'm doing pretty well with topics such as Natural Gifts And Decorations For Christmas, Eco-Friendly Christmas Gifts, Presents and Decorations, Eco-Friendly Gifts For Him, Eco-Friendly Gifts For Her, Old Fashioned Christmas and Rock N' Roll Holidays Celebrate The Holidays With Rock Music.

Since those are all holiday related Lenses, I'm now working more topics good for all year round like Clean Water - Water Filtration, Cayenne Pepper, Natural Toothpaste, Natural Mouthwash, Hydrogen Peroxide Mouthwash, and Using Spirulina - What Is Spirulina Good For?

I currently have 38 published pages on Squidoo and my goal is 50. Once I reach that goal, I plan on going back to Green For A Cleaner Life and rebuild it using things I've been learning from Squidoo and some of the people I've met there.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

There's Still Time To Take the Local, Organic Thanksgiving Challenge!


Here's the backyard in the summer, all green and full of life!


This was the backyard just before Halloween. Lots of dead leaves falling off the trees, and covering the ground. It's no secret that I do not care for Autumn very much, and this may have been why I've been having a hard time trying to come up with a new post here.

All of a sudden, out of nowhere, I'm reminded of some better times when Jenn stopped by and left this great post on my entry about Fresh Tomatoes:

Hey there. Thanks for the great post about Eat Well (as well as the widget). Tomato season has come and gone, but I wanted to let you know that the Eat Well Guide is still very active. Eat Well has teamed up with the Consumers Union, nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports, to issue a Local, Organic Thanksgiving Challenge. We’re inviting people to take a spin on the Eat Well Guide to find local food and cook at least one local (preferably organic) dish for Thanksgiving, and share recipes at the CU site. Read more about it at the Green Fork...


So, I'm embarrassed that I haven't been keeping up with things over at the Green Fork blog, and Eat Well, but I'm encouraging all you readers to stop by and check it out for yourselves. Especially if you support eating locally, it's good for you and the environment!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Pumpkin Carving Just In Time For Halloween

I put pumpkin carving off for too long this year, I should have started at least a week earlier, but I've been so busy.




This year I took a tip from Pumpkin Carving and keyed the lid to my Jack O' Lantern. First I used a crayon to draw the line to follow to make the lid.

Then I used one of the pumpkin carving tools from the Pumpkin Masters Pumpkin Carving Kit to make the lid. When I first tried carving a pumpkin last year, I used a sharp kitchen knife, even though I had bought the Carving Kit, and it didn't take long for me to put aside the knife, and use one of the saws in kit.


This is the second year I've used the same saw kit. I can see how it would be very easy to break a blade, but if you take it easy, these tools can last you through a few pumpkins, at least.



The saw doesn't even need a starter hole, at least I didn't need one. I thrust it right in, and started sawing. I did need to saw along the path twice, then work the saw along the path as I pulled up on the lid. I think I was cutting the strings inside that were holding the lid in place.


Another cool tool in the kit is the scoop. It's simple and plastic, but perfectly designed to scrape the inside of the pumpkin. I forgot how well this worked, I used a metal spoon on the pumpkin I cut up last week. It took at least twice as long with the spoon, and my wrist and arm really ached afterwards.


The kit comes with some really nice patterns to use as carving templates. I took the easiest one, and made a reduced copy to fit the size pumpkin I was using. Just a little tape to hold it in place, and I'm all set.



Well, at least I got it done in time for Halloween, but here's what I really wanted:

Seeds! More than I got from the last pumpkin, even though this was a bit smaller. Too bad I can't get even more from a single pumpkin, but since I can't, I'll have to settle for store bought pumpkin seeds.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Autumn: Fresh Pumpkin Time

Fall is here, and this year I wanted to roast pumpkin seeds. Last year was the first time I had ever carved pumpkins, and loved having fresh roasted pumpkin seeds. When I ran out of pumpkin seeds, I tried roasting melon seeds. Not as satisfying as pumpkin seeds, but still worth a try.

So, this autumn I decided not to waste the first pumpkin as a Jack O' Lantern, and tried making pickled pumpkin. The first pumpkin turned out to be too big, but I didn't realize this until I had enough pumpkin cut up for one batch of pickled pumpkin -- just a quarter of the pumpkin!

I finished cutting the first half of the pumpkin and began blanching what I wasn't going to pickle before deciding to roast the second half before cutting it up. I had seen tips saying to roast the pumpkin before cutting it up, I should have followed those tips in the first place!

It was so much easier to finish cutting up the pumpkin after roasting it, but when I was all done, I had two jars of pickled pumpkin, a batch of roasted pumpkin seeds (much smaller than I had been hoping for) and enough pumpkin for nine pies, assuming two cups per pie.

The next day, my sister agreed to help me make some pumpkin muffins, but we ended up with a batch of pumpkin cupcakes instead, quite good, too. All decorated for Halloween!


I seriously doubt they'll last until Halloween, guess we'll have to make more!

I posted a link to this video on Twitter, and several people thanked me for posting it, if you haven't seen it, here is Forever Autumn by Justin Hayward -- Enjoy!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Do It Yourself Wireless Backup Camera Installation

A backup camera on whatever type of auto, car, truck, SUV or RV you are driving will help you see what you cannot see with your rear view mirrors. A backup camera can help you avoid hitting another vehicle, running over a pet, or running over a child while in reverse.

Installing the VR3 Wireless Backup Camera is very easy and can be installed on almost any vehicle. The camera does need to connect to the electrical harness for power, but the connection between camera and the monitor, which can sit on your dash, is wireless so you don't need to worry about running a cable to connect the two.

See How:
DIY Auto Backup Camera: How To Install A Backup Camera On Your Car, Truck, SUV, Or RV