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A Landscaper’s Dream

January 20, 2015

Any gardener or landscaper is familiar with using rocks or pebbles. Some tiny stones are effective in stopping drainage around flowers, plants, and small trees. Easy on the eyes, stones add a rocky, natural element to whatever it surrounds. Whereas rocks are big and clunky, most gravel is easy to move; however, the same rocky effect is achieved, albeit in a far daintier way.

In many cases, pea gravel is a dream for landscapers. The small pebbles can be loaded into the bed of a truck, and then scooped out and placed wherever it is needed. It feels and moves like sand, yet looks like rocks. It can also be used to make cement, giving the pebbles an elemental quality gardeners and landscapers dream of. The dream becomes real when a worker uses his shovel to pat down the tiny pebbles, turning the ground into a stony walkway.


December 22, 2014

Our family gatherings are always a noisy time, and the noise can reach painful levels. With our folks getting a bit older, their hearing isn’t what it used to be, and the voices have increased to compensate. The loudest of the loud is my mother-in-law. She has been able to increase the level so that her husband can hear her talking. My father-in-law, like so many others, has gone through life without the benefit of proper hearing protection, and is now paying the price with irreparable hearing loss.

Last year, my father-in-law received new digital hearing aids and he enjoys having them and being able to hear again. After receiving them, I asked my in-laws how they are doing with the new aids. She told me they weren’t working so well, and thought they needed to be adjusted. My father-in-law took me aside and told me he just keeps them turned down when she is around!

Right Of Passage

December 20, 2014

A few days ago, I underwent a right of passage. The experience was neither scary nor dangerous, as you might have imagined it to be. It was, however, extremely crazy. I have never done anything like it before in my life.

First, Dave and I had to blow up about fifty balloons in under half an hour. Then we each had to give some balloons to a random girl and ask her out. I went into a printing Manchester shop and asked the girl at the front desk if she’d go bowling with me. I felt so lame. Dave asked out a girl who was selling handbags in the mall.

After that, we had to sing the national anthem at the top of our lungs in the middle of the parking lot. It was pretty crazy. A lot of people tried to ignore us, but some stopped and watched us, which was embarrassing.

Planning Tips for your Big Day

December 18, 2014

I have worked as a full-time wedding planner for almost 20 years, so I have coordinated a lot of weddings. When people find out what I do for a living, they almost always ask me if I have any tips for successful weddings.

First, I tell them that a wedding should reflect the lives of the bride and groom. Too many people get caught up in the wedding hype, and they do not add personal touches to their weddings. A wedding is a celebration of a couple’s love, so it should have unique aspects that are special to the couple.

One couple I worked with met on the 4th of July, so they ended their wedding reception with a stunning wedding fireworks display. Another couple chose to make homemade chocolate chip cookies for their guests as favors because they love baking together. Adding these personal touches helps each wedding stand out from the rest.

Dealing With Tech Issues in a Modern World

October 14, 2014

Invoice pads save businesses. Two Sparrows Productions is in rural South Dakota; not a bad place, but when the power goes down it takes a day or two for it to come back on, and you know that the power will go down at least three times a year, usually during a snow storm. It does not exactly help that reception is a bit spotty even for satellite communications. It may not be technologically backwards but it is not exactly tech friendly either.

This means that the fax machine is our best friend as it seems that the telephone is never down, making it the best bet for getting anything through. Thus, we order something odds are good that we will write it down, fax it, and then confirm the order by calling up. Without access to inventory sheets it would be impossible to run our business. At least it is easy to order the pads!

Garden Glory

September 9, 2014

I have a week until my new restaurant Garden Glory opens and I am feeling frantic. Everything is ready except for the ladies rest room. I have spent hours researching, purchasing and placing every piece of furniture and every fixture in this restaurant and I have one item left to purchase….the sink in the lady’s loo. I want everything to look perfect so I am a woman on a mission and today is the day that the sink must be found and bought.

My cell phone buzzes and I quickly answer. It is my friend Gabby. She knows my sink dilemma and how busy I am so I know she must have an idea for me. “Recycled glass media” are the three words she speaks to me before hanging up. I do a quick internet search and immediately know that I have found my sink. Recycled glass is my answer!