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Sum Some Summertime

Sunday, May 31, 2015 posted by Martin
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In just a few days, summer of 2015 will be here. What kind of season will it be for you? The irony of summer is that it has the longest days but the season is much too short.

Long weekends are a great option. If you can, add either a Friday or a Monday to your weekend and a 3-5 hour drive to a resort. If your trip happens to be in or near the state of Washington, load up on those Rainier cherries. They look different, but they taste great and the price is right. If you are traveling with kids, see who can find the most out of state license plates. At the sea shore, collect shells and add them to your collection of motivational stones. Keep score with a pre-printed sheet. It will make the time go quickly. Tree ripe summer fruit and berries are loaded with nutrients that do everything from adding fiber to your diet to helping your body to fight cancer. Don’t miss out.

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Six Tips to Enjoy Summer

Friday, May 29, 2015 posted by Joan
  1. Keep a beach bag handy so you’re ready to hit the pool or beach.  Include sunscreen, towels, swim wear and water shoes.

    Happy Father's Day Greeting Stones

    Happy Father’s Day Engraved Stones

  2. Have some foldable chairs ready.  That way you’re ready anytime for the park, outdoor concert, cookout or beach.
  3. Celebrate holidays and special occasions with your friends and family at the beach, park or pool.  With your gift include a personalized stone etching – the greeting cards they’ll keep forever.
  4. Plan to eat outside whenever possible.  At home, eat on your deck or porch.  Pack a lunch and head out for the park. When dining out, choose a restaurant with outdoor dining.
  5. Include yummy summer fruits and veggies in your family meals. Add berries to salads.  Grilled peaches with vanilla ice cream make a delicious dessert.  Sweet corn is a must for your next cookout.  What is your favorite summer recipe?
  6. Update your summer reading list.  Reading is not only fun for adults.  It’s also important for our children to help them maintain their reading skills.
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All About the Star Spangled Banner

Thursday, May 28, 2015 posted by Martin
Mission Accomplished Engraved Stones

Mission Accomplished Engraved Stones

It is hard to believe that some folks do not know that the name of our national anthem is The Star Spangled Banner.  Some do not know all of the words.  They just know that the piece is played before sporting events. They focus more on personalized engraved corporate gifts than on American history.  How much do you know about it?

Actually, we only sing the first stanza.  There are really four stanzas and few of us know that fact.  The remaining three stanzas are something of a secret because they are not discussed in our schools.  The verse was written by Francis Scott Key in connection with the bombardment of Fort McHenry by the British during the war of 1812.  In writing his lyrics, Key was moved by the raising of the large American flag the morning after the battle proving that the Americans withstood everything the Brits could throw at us.  It was a moment of great pride.  The Congress made it our national anthem during 1931.

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Saving Photos of Our Children and Grandchildren

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 posted by Martin
Happy Birthday Greeting Stone

Happy Birthday Engraved Stones

In this modern world of technology, photos tend to be saved electronically as opposed to saving prints.  That is one reason Kodak filed for Chapter XI.  When birthdays come and we look for special ways of sending clever birthday greetings, we tend to share the photos on social media and emails.  That works great, but what happens ten years from now?

This weekend, my granddaughter visited us.  She pulled out the baby book we started thirteen years ago.  In it were pictures of her when she was born, her birthdays and special events like her first day of school.  Also, we saved things like party invitations and other remembrances to bring the past back to life.  It was a fun morning, and we told her that one day the book will belong to her.  While there is a good argument for saving photos electronically, there is also a strong case for creating a treasure book.  You have only one chance to get it right.

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How to Prevent Overeating

Sunday, May 24, 2015 posted by Joan
Success Motivational Stones

Success Engraved Stones

Overeating can be caused by many things from being famished to having too much food in your kitchen. What you can do to prevent overeating besides having inspirational engraved rocks? Here are three tips that will surely help:

  1. Eat before you eat. If you’re going out for dinner, eat a healthy low-calorie snack before you leave. If you’re not starving, you’ll eat less at the restaurant.
  2. Plan your grocery shopping list. Shopping with a list will help avoid purchasing anything and everything. Also, shop after breakfast or lunch. If not, have a healthy snack before you go. Hungry food shoppers buy more high-calorie foods.
  3. Serve your entree on a smaller plate. The average plate size in the United States has significantly increased. Choose a salad plate instead of a dinner plate. If you’re buying new dishes, choose plates with wide rims which usually hold less food, but they look larger.
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All About Memorial Day

Saturday, May 23, 2015 posted by Joan
Forever In Our Hearts Engraved Stones

Forever In Our Hearts Stones

For many, Memorial Day is a day of cookouts, no work and sale shopping. However, Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for the members of our armed forces who have given their lives for our American freedoms. Many visit our national cemeteries leaving flowers or  stone engraving on the graves of those that perished while defending our country.

Memorial Day was first observed in 1865 in Waterloo, New York by Henry C. Welles. The Civil War had just ended, and it was Welles’ idea to place patriotic flowers on the graves of the soldiers who had died fighting in the war. Waterloo and other communities observed Memorial Day with ceremonies, parades to the cemetery and decorating the graves.

On May 30, 1968, Memorial Day (or Decoration Day as it was called) was first observed at Arlington National Cemetery with flowers being placed on the graves of both Union and Confederate soldiers. For many years it continued to be celebrated on May 30. In 1971, Congress passed legislation making every last Monday in May the national observance of Memorial Day.

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Good Luck Taurus

Thursday, May 21, 2015 posted by Joan
Success Motivational Stones

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If you were born between April 21 and May 20, your zodiac sign is Taurus. Before you start a new venture, project or relationship, you might benefit from finding out more about your personality characteristics.

Taurus is all about rewards focusing on physical pleasures, material goods and riches. Nice clothing, comfortable living, and attractive things are important to Taurus. Since Taurus is one of the most practical of the zodiac signs, they are quite sensible, pragmatic and ambitious. Since they are perseverant, clever and successful, the perfect engraved business gifts are stones incscibed with success.  Taurus is peace-loving, tranquil, patient and slow to anger. However, if pushed to their breaking point, they can become ferocious like Taurus the bull

Since Tauruses are consistent, they are not flexible and can be stubborn seeking to be in control. However, they are extremely loyal and do not lose focus. Tauruses are possessive which may translate into jealousy. Since Tauruses value money, they may be too frugal in trying to save for a better future.

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Review of 2015 Hyundai Sonata Limited

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 posted by Martin
You're A Winner Motivational Stone

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Our 2015 Sonata Limited now has over six thousand miles on the car. It remembers everything short of message stones.  We got the Limited version because it has most of the new safety features available in today’s cars including the following warnings:

  • lane departure
  • blind spot
  • rear cross traffic
  • collision alert

The Limited is also equipped with adaptive cruise control, rear camera and a host of luxury features.  They include an infotainment system, driver assist, a turbocharger, self opening trunk release and rear window shades. The adaptive cruise control is great. Suppose you set it at 60 MPH.  If the car in front of you is doing 55 MPH, the Limited automatically slows to 55.  When you move to a clear left lane, it goes back to 60 by itself.  If a vehicle cuts in front of you at a much slower speed, it automatically brakes your car.  The turbocharger increases the horsepower to 245 making it safer to move into fast moving traffic. Hyundai has earned high marks for reliability and collision protection.  We love the 38 MPG it reached on highway driving.

 

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Driving North From Florida

Sunday, May 17, 2015 posted by Martin
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Engraved Inspirational Stones

Our plan was to sleep out two nights and limit our driving to no more than about eight hours per day. If you follow this advice, you won’t need a good luck stone for help. We left Boynton Beach at about 10:00 AM and drove to Walterboro, SC. This is a lovely place to spend the night. It is a very quaint southern town with very hospitable folks living there. The hotels are within a mile of I-95 so there is no loss of time when you leave in the morning. Most of the hotels provide free breakfast.

Next morning, we drove north and stayed at the Hampton Inn near BWI Airport. This is a great hotel because the rooms resemble more expensive hotels at a fraction of the price. Also, they have a free shuttle service to take you to any area restaurant and return you to the hotel. Here again, we had a free hot breakfast in a businessman atmosphere. I recommend the hotel highly. Everything is clean, spacious and even has a microwave and a fridge. There is lots of space for clothing.

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Review of ‘Sycamore Row’ by John Grisham

Saturday, May 16, 2015 posted by Joan
Happy Hanukkah Engraved Stones

Happy Hanukkah Engraved Stones

Sycamore Row, a legal thriller makes a wonderful gift for birthday, Christmas or Hanukkah greetings. It’s a sequel to John Grisham’s first novel, A Time to Kill; and again Jake Brigance is the main character.  The story take place 1988 in Clanton Mississippi, three years after the sensational Carl Lee Hailey trial.  Seth Hubbard who is suffering from terminal lung cancer hangs himself from a sycamore tree.  He leaves specific funeral and burial instructions.

Jake Brigance receives a letter from Seth Hubbard containing a new holographic will that renounces his past will which had left his estate of more than 5 million dollars to his family. In his new will, Hubbard stated that his children and grandchildren receive nothing, with ninety percent of his assets left to his black housekeeper. Lettie Lang.  No one including Lettie understands why.

As the trial proceeds, it looks like Jake will lose and Hubbard’s will be overturned.  However, at the last minute, a deposition from Seth’s brother, Ancil, explains why the money was given to Lettie.  Ancil also explains the significance of the sycamore tree.

 

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