Are You Maintaining Good Indoor Air Quality?

Tuesday 3 March 2015 @ 9:30 am

While there is a great deal in the news and the media about outdoor air pollution, many homeowners need to look inside their residences with real concern. The Environmental Protection Agency reports that many homes have air that is two to five times as polluted as the outdoor air, even in industrial cities.

The reason for this new phenomenon has its roots in the energy crisis of the 1970s. Since that time, homes and offices are constructed to eliminate heat loss, eliminating many drafts and sources of fresh air. As a result, many homes rapidly accumulate large levels of pollutants and irritants that represent health hazards. These pollutants include mold spores, dust, dirt, and microscopic materials that come from furniture, pets and even drapes. 

As these contaminants are allowed to circulate, they create deposits in the lungs and breathing passage, causing everything from minor irritations to major allergies and even asthma. This becomes a problem rapidly as the average human breathes in 6,000 gallons of air a day. In fact, the rate of allergies and asthma in American children has grown at an alarming rate to reach historical highs. In some cases, indoor air quality is so bad it can cause fatal medical conditions.

Everyone homeowner must take steps to deal with this problem air, especially if they have young children in the home. The first step starts with a quality in-home air filtering system, available from any qualified Trane heating and air conditioning service company. Clean air is vital to good health, and it’s important to understand and deal with this growing problem of poor indoor air quality.





Scribd Teams Up With Marvel Comics

Wednesday 11 February 2015 @ 7:39 am

I have an annual pass to Scribd for one year as an author of ebooks on Smashwords. My ebooks are listed on Scribd. Today I received an email from Scribd informing me that 10,000 comics and graphic novels have just been added to Scribd. Woohoo! They include titles from Marvel, IDW/Top Shelf, Valiant and more. My husband is a Marvel fan especially Thor, Silver Surfer and Doctor Strange. I just downloaded my first copy of Thor on my device. It looks great. I love it.

 

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In addition, I’m going to be saving all this shelf space. I have no idea where to put all our comics as we keep on buying and loath to throw or give away because we re read them.

 

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I’m so in love with Scribd. I think it is really worth it. Anytime I feel like reading anything from romance or action novels to self help books, all I have to do is search the genre and most of the time I will find something I want to read. In fact, I’ve got so many books stored in my library, all half read. They include the many Minecraft books for my boy. When my free annual subscription expires, I will be back for more monthly subs. I’m hooked.





Finding The Right Kitchen Contractor For Kitchen Renovation Projects

Monday 26 January 2015 @ 10:46 am

A kitchen remodel can be a difficult and complicated task. As much as you may want to do the project yourself, sometimes it’s best to just hire a good contractor if you want the job done right. Finding the right kitchen contractor can be a job in itself, but there are some things you can do to make things easier.

Know the Scope of The Project

Whether you are planning the project yourself or you’re hiring a contractor, you should know as much about the project as possible. Know the extent of your remodel, what kind of appliances you need and what kind of cabinets you want.

Get Referrals

Once you know exactly what you want for your kitchen, it’s time to find potential contractors. Ask people you know for referrals; those you trust will be a better source of information than any advertisement or online review.

Get Credentials

Any good contractor will have all the necessary licenses and permits necessary to do their job, so make sure you ask for credentials before making the decision to hire a contractor.

Get Everything in Writing

Finally, make sure you get everything in writing whenever you hire a contractor for any task. This definitely applies to kitchen remodels, but it also goes for roofing, basement remodels or making any other improvements to your home.

Source:
http://www.hgtv.com/design/rooms/kitchens/how-to-hire-a-kitchen-contractor





A Birthday Gift For My Star Trek Fan Spouse

Wednesday 3 December 2014 @ 3:13 pm

My husband is a Star Trek fan. We have the Star Trek Original Motion Picture Collection and the Star Trek The Next Generation Motion Picture Collection in our DVD collection. He watches both these sets of DVD over and over again. So for his 50th birthday in early 2014, I have decided to include Star Trek The Complete Original Series DVD Seasons 1-3 in the gift basket I am doing for him.

Since it is his 50th birthday, I am doing something special by making a gift basket on my own. The gift basket will contain all his favorite things, favorite movies, favorite comics, favorite scent, favorite family pictures which I did into a photo book and more. It is so much fun to do all this planning. I have already started collecting all these things to be put into his gift basket since early this month even though his birthday isn’t until February 2014.

I think he will love the Star Trek The Complete Original Series DVD or Star Trek TOS the most. Although we watched them when they were playing on TV previously, it has been a long time since. He jokingly calls me “The Entertainment Officer” at home because I plan all of his entertainment needs. I know him very well and what he likes and Star Trek happens to be one of his favorite series. He will love to watch the Star Trek team boldly go where no man has gone before.

To me the best gift for a Star Trek fan would be this original TV series that first introduced the original Star Trek Crew; Captain James T Kirk, Spock and Leonard McCoy and all the adventures of the USS Enterprise.

How many episodes does the Star Trek TOS have?

Season 1 – 29 episodes
Season 2 – 26 episodes
Season 3 – 24 episodes

Here is a list of the Star Trek Original Series episodes with all the titles and the order in which they were broadcasted.

The DVD is the remastered version. It is amazing to watch. Even though the original series first began screening in 1966, they don’t look outdated at all. Highly recommended for all Star Trek fans. This is where it all began.

My Favorite Star Trek Captains

My favorite Star Trek Captain is Captain James T Kirk (1966-1969) followed by Captain Jean-Luc Picard (1987-1994) but that’s just my personal opinion. The other Star Trek Captains are Captain Benjamin Sisko (1993-1999), Captain Kathryn Janeway (1995-2001) and Captain Jonathan Archer. (2001-2005).

That is why I recommend Star Trek The Original Series and Movies as a starter gift for the Star Trek fan followed by Star Trek The Next Generation Series and Movies collection and I did not include Star Trek Voyager Complete Series in my recommendations.

Tip for Buying DVDs online:

Make sure you check the region code of the DVD when buying online. If you do not have a multi-region DVD player, you will not be able to play DVDs from other regions.

Region 0: Multi-Region

Region 1: USA, Canada, US Territories

Region 2: UK, Europe, Japan, South Africa, Middle East

Region 3: South East & East Asia

Region 4: Australia, New Zealand, Central & South America

Region 5: Africa, Indian Sub-Continent, Russia, all former USSR countries, North Korea, Mongolia

Region 6: China





Father Has Dementia

Saturday 15 November 2014 @ 7:15 am

Father Has Dementia. Father has stroke related dementia. I didn’t know that strokes could cause dementia. I’ve always related the symptoms to stroke as half paralysis but not dementia. I didn’t know it at the time but stroke can cause dementia. Cognitive decline related to stroke is usually called vascular dementia or vascular cognitive impairment to distinguish it from other types of dementia

It is hard to lose Father to dementia. Losing anyone you love is never easy. Losing someone you love slowly is never easy. Father has his good days. Some days its like having Father back again. Some days we get to see Father’s Old Self.

This lens is for my Father. Father’s Day is approaching, however, I don’t think gifts hold any more meaning to Father. In a way, this lens is sort of a gift to Father, a tribute to my father.

About Father – Before The Dementia

In his younger days, father had to look after 5 kids aged from 10 to 18 and a wife stricken with cancer who later moved on

Mother died when she was 46. I was 10. Father became a mother and father to the 5 of us. I was the youngest. The eldest was 18. Father was a policeman and the eldest son in his family. He was strict, strong and many were afraid of him. He was also a neat man.

Mother had cancer. She lived for a year from diagnosis till the time she left us. At the time, we were rather poor. There were no good hospitals where we lived. Father had to travel for 6 hours to get to a hospital. Sometimes he had to travel up and down, looking after us as well as mom.

When mom died, Father became both a mother and father to us all. He never remarried. He looked after the five of us single handedly and worked through till his retirement while making sure we had shelter and education.

IT IS OUR TURN TO LOOK AFTER YOU NOW FATHER.

When Father Started Having Dementia, These Were His Symptoms – Dementia turned my father from a strong personality to a meek and docile one

We didn’t know whether father was having Dementia or Alzheimer’s Decease. Here is a good read about The Difference Between Dementia And Alzeimer’s. In short, it is mentioned in the article that “Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia and that is the main difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s”.

These are some of the signs and symptoms of dementia that father had.

  1. He started to become forgetful. Sometimes he would leave the tap running and not know it.
  2. His personal hygiene became lost. Father was an extremely neat and tidy person but dementia took that away from him.
  3. He refused to take a bath. I don’t know why. I would ask him and sometimes he said the water is too cold. Sometimes he said he was afraid of falling. Whatever it is, he refused to take a bath. It took hours, sometimes days to persuade him. Sometimes he would get angry.
  4. He started having repetitive behaviour. Sometimes he would take rolls and rolls of tissue and roll them up into a ball over and over again.
  5. His personality changed. From a strong, proud man, he now became a meek, docile person.
  6. He started having incontinence. He couldn’t make it to the toilet on time. Sometimes, he did make it to the toilet but he didn’t know what to do next. He would look at me and ask for direction on what to do next.
  7. Sometimes he could not recognize us.
  8. He started to have delusions and hallucinations. Sometimes he talked to someone who was not there. Some days he talked about war other things. Those things were very real to him. At those times, we have learned that the best way is to agree with him. Just smile and nod our heads and listen.
  9. Time started to have no meaning for him
  10. I think due to some of the medication he was taking, he would have what we call “awakenings” where he would be just like his old self, alert and exactly like the way he used to be. On those days, he would not be able to sleep for 24 hours or more. He would be most agitated and excited. He would read the papers from cover to cover and call any one of us up in the early hours of the morning or night. After these episodes, he would sleep for 2 to 3 days as if his brain was exhausted after all the activity.

Losing Someone To Dementia Is Like Losing Them Slowly, Painfully, Slowly and Surely

It is hard to make the transition from being a child to becoming a parent to your parents

I will not forget the first time I had to help father take a bath. I felt very sorry for him. Sorry that he had to lose his dignity like that.

My Father has been through a lot. He has had another stroke. He had to feed from feeding tubes. He had a colostomy surgery and is now on wheelchair. He needs help to get up and about.

Strangely the second stroke, though disabling him, seemed to have improved his dementia a little bit. These days he is more alert and can recognize us most of the time. That is the most important thing to us. This ability to recognize the ones you love. When he sees us, he usually has a big smile when he is alert. We touch him a lot.

Touch is important in human communication. It is important to look him in the eye and stroke his hand when talking to him otherwise, he does not realize that we are talking to him especially if we are sitting beside him and not in front of him. We must look at him directly in the eye and touch him. When he has delusions, we just listen and smile and sometimes agree before we divert his attention away.

If You Think Someone You Love Is Having Dementia, You May Find The Following Links Useful – Here are some useful links to sites which offer you information abou

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