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My Need For More Speed

Had to call on my kid brother, the computer geek/whiz of the family to discuss speed up pc options for my poor tired old laptop of mine. This thing is driving me crazy and I would really love to be able to buy a new one, but that just isn’t in the budget right now. Maybe I’ll put a new laptop on my Christmas wish list, let’s face it Christmas is right around the corner. If I continue to be a good girl I just might get one!

Remember Those Wrist Watches

The selection of clearance wrist watches that I found online earlier today is looking mighty fine right about now. With so many people using their cell phones and all the other pieces of technology that we have found ourselves hooked up with these days to find the correct time, they are really trying to get folks back into the habit of using the good old wrist watches that we relied on to tell time, back in the day. I know I wouldn’t mind wearing one again if they looked anything like these babies.

Roomba the robot vacuum cleaner

Well, last weekend my sister and her hubby came over for a visit. The visit went very well. My hubby & hers shot some pool in the game room and hung out while my sister dragged me to the local Bed, Bath & Beyond store for a little bit of shopping. She bought me a Roomba vacuum cleaner there! She said she has one and loves it, and wanted me to have one, too! Wasn’t that sweet of her?

So, we brought it home, charged it up and gave it a whirl. I LOVE IT! Today’s convenience appliances are just too cool! Granted, it does not clean as deep as my “regular” vacuum cleaner, but the fact that it cleans without me having to push it around is wonderful! I can run it every day or so while I’m doing something else, so that will help to keep the house cleaner than running the regular vacuum once a week.

Tips on Choosing Curtains

Redecorating the interior of your home? Want to get rid of your old and shabby curtains? Well, here are some tips on how you should choose the fabrics for your curtains. Apart from your budget, fabric is an essential part of choosing curtains, since the material will dictate how well your curtains function and hold up over time. If they’re too heavy, they may not fold crisply when drawn; too light and they may not fall gracefully.

The best way to choose the fabric for a curtain is to work with a big sample, at least 2 yards, since a smaller piece may not show the fabric’s true drape.  Linen, silk, faux silk, and velvet are usually the best choices to use for window treatments since they tend to hang the best. Using faux silk for curtains is a better fabric choice than real silk because it doesn’t deteriorate as quickly as real silk.

Some fabrics can help keep out the cold. Many hotels use suede, velvet, tapestry, or tweed since their weight helps block light and keep heat in. Still, nearly any fabric can be interlined with bump; a thick, insulating felt material. And interlining a piece of fabric slipped between the lining and the face fabric can also help prolong the life of the curtains.

Sunlight will fade fabrics over time. If the room gets a lot of light, it’s smart to avoid bright colors, since they tend to fade faster. I suggest going with neutral colors, since they’re less likely to fade and more likely to blend into a room’s decor. Not sure where you can get some reasonably priced curtains? Well, no worries. Finding an online curtain store that offers very competitive prices for high quality drapes and curtains is easy to do.

Hope these tips help! Happy decorating!


Love Those Free Promotional Products at Trade Shows

My daughter’s best friends mother, Cheryl, and I spent the day today at a trade show that her husband asked her to attend since he was pretty much on his own. He has opened his own mail and packaging store and is trying so very hard to make a success of it and is trying so very hard to drum up business. So this trade show was a big deal for him, but to be the only one manning the booth is extremely difficult, so I was more than happy to go with Cheryl to see if we could be of any help to him and he was very happy to see us walk up to his spot to take over so that he could make a run for the men’s room.

He had set up his booth right nicely. He had a good amount of promotional goodies to entice people to come into the booth, with all of the give-a-ways sporting his company name, address, phone number and web site, which is a great way to advertise these days. People love freebies and if you can find the right ones to use they can really make a difference in the long run in getting your name and number out. There are so many promotional products out there these days. I always look for decent promotional pens, since I am always in need of a good pen and you can never have too many of them on hand. I really liked the pens that he had today, they are good quality and feel good in your hand. Believe it or not the pen feeling good can make a big difference.

We had so much time on our hands while standing there most of the day that I really got to know him better and I learned so much about the mail and packaging business so not only was it fun but interesting and educational as well. I came back with a large bag full of promotional give-a-ways from all of the other booths that were set up there today as well. All and all it was a good day for all concerned but I’m pretty tuckered out for the evening.