Posted by Kate on December 4, 2013
Posted in family and friends • music • travel and vacation | Tagged With: airlines, concert, instruments
When I heard that Jim was planning to fly down here to perform in a special concert and that he was bringing his classic contrabassoon on the airplane I was really concerned that his instrument might get lost or damaged. After all, airlines have a pretty bad reputation (thanks to some YouTube videos about a guitar being destroyed by a certain airline) for the way they handle musical instruments. I don’t know if he can carry it on or not, but I sure hope that he gets it here safely – that is one expensive piece of equipment to trust to the baggage handlers at an airline!
Posted by Kate on December 4, 2013
Posted in family and friends • holidays • my life | Tagged With: Christmas tree, family, ornaments |
When I was a child, I was taught that there were several ethnic groups and religious groups that do not celebrate Christmas. I always felt sorry for the children in the families that did not join in the festivities of the Christmas spirit. Even if we did not exchange Christmas gifts, the tradition of putting up a Christmas tree is so entrenched in American culture that just the thought of not spending the time with the family decorating the tree with all of the ornaments that we have made and collected over the years, makes me sad.
Ever since I can remember, it has been a family tradition to make Christmas ornaments for our Christmas tree.We would sign our names and date little jewelry size tags and tie them to the ornament so we would be able to who did what when. At first my kids thought that was a very silly thing to do, but now that they are grown they really get a lot of entertainment looking at the ornaments and seeing who made it and when. These are memories that I cherish more every year.
Just a few moments ago I was reading a blog post on the www.icabinetrydirect.com website about the benefits of frameless cabinets. I had never heard of frameless cabinets before, but the blog post was talking about how less material is used, and how it actually gives the homeowner more storage space! I found that really intriguing, so I decided to try to get more information about frameless cabinets. Unfortunately that website did not give any further explanation about the subject, and I ended up going to several other websites to learn more about it. Apparently frameless cabinets are also referred to as “European style” and when I went back to the original website I saw that they did have photographs of “European style” cabinets in their photo gallery. None of them were close-up enough, however, to be able to really “see” how they were different than the “American” style.
I’d love to go to a local showroom and see the difference for myself, to put my hands on them and check them out. Maybe if I ever have the opportunity to install kitchen cabinets somewhere in the future I’d consider that frameless type – because it DOES offer the homeowner more storage space – and space is very important to most homeowners – especially this one!
One of the biggest problems young adults face is finding affordable short term health insurance to cover them between the time that they graduate from school and the time that they can get some kind of group discount insurance through their employer.
I can remember when I got my own first full-time job there was no health insurance available through the company. The premiums to buy my own individual policy cost more money than I was earning! There was a period of time when I had no health insurance at all and I was just plain lucky that I was healthy enough not to need to go see a doctor at all during that period of time.
Fortunately I ended up working for a company that provided health insurance for its employees as part of the employee benefit package, and the company paid all of the premiums. That is almost completely unheard of now in the private sector!
Recently I’ve heard my parents complain about what terrible things that they think that the Affordable Health Care Act is going to bring about. This confuses me because when I hear about the program, I think that it sounds like it is an improvement in the healthcare system. What do you think?
Several years ago I was helping my husband come up with ways to promote his grounds-keeping and landscaping business. I came up with business stationery, cards, and designed a brochure for him to mail out or hand out to existing and prospective customers. Back then I had purchased a software program that helped me with the designing of items like that and it was an easy and fast brochure printing method that served us well.
Ever since we upgraded our computers to Windows 8, however, I’ve struggled with using commercial software for that purpose, and am thinking that I am going to have to find an online solution. The software keeps crashing, the new software that I’ve purchased that claims to work with Windows 8 simply does not work at all, and I am very frustrated. I’m thinking about finding a way to run Windows 7 on my new computer so I can run the old software, but I find it very aggravating to have to go to that length.