Dec 15 2014


The school holidays will soon be here and this year I have decided to volunteer my services to a Staffordshire Bull Terrier rescue to give me something to do instead of lazing around like I did last year.

There is a sanctuary close to where I live that looks after abandoned and neglected Staffordshire Bull Terriers and they are always looking for extra pairs of hands to help out at the centre. Volunteers are invited to help out with lots of different jobs from walking and feeding the dogs to cleaning out the kennels.

Not only will I enjoy spending my time doing something useful, I will also have something positive to add to any future job application forms. Employers often look favourably at potential employees who have interests and hobbies outside of school and work especially if they involve voluntary work as it shows a commitment and dedication to working for the benefit of the community.

Dec 14 2014

A Curious Standing Garden

While at an estate sale a couple of weeks ago I saw something that startled and intrigued me. On the wall of the living room was what appeared to be an indoor and vertical garden! When I asked the owner what it was, she informed me that it is what is known as ivy screens. As soon as I got home, I did some more research to find out more about this interesting decor. Reading and learning more about it only made me want to purchase my own, so I did! Now every time someone walks through the study of my home, they are instantly impressed and curious. If you would like your own vertical indoor or outdoor garden, they are easily obtainable and come in multiple styles and price ranges.

Dec 13 2014

Engaging Kids in the Classroom

As a middle school teacher, it can be very difficult to engage kids in the learning process. Many of them simply aren’t interested in the lessons they must learn, and others see no point in learning anything at all. Just trying to get them to complete assignments can be a daunting task. However, I recently decided to try something new just to see if it helped.

I decided to add pictures on their worksheets, tests, and quizzes to break up the text on the page. I use color printing Manchester to make the pages even more appealing to the adolescent readers. I was shocked to see that this one change made a huge difference. The pages didn’t look so difficult to the students when color pictures were on the page. Some students who have never really finished assignments in the past are at least attempting to complete the work now, so the effort is worth it.

Nov 23 2014

Too Many Animals

My cat is a tiger of an animal. She’s cute and loveable at times, purring as loud as can be. At other times she’s attacking everything. Combine her with the other animals I have, it’s like a circus in my house. There’s birds flying all over the place. There’s dogs barking and dumping over chairs and garbage cans. There’s more than one cat getting into mischief. So I decided to open up circus workshops where people can come and train my animals just like if they were circus animals. It has worked so far. The tiger of a cat acts like a real tiger right on cue. That was the easy part. The hard part is getting her to stop on demand. The dogs are being trained to jump through hoops instead of over chairs. The birds are learning to fetch things while flying through the air. They even fetched a toupee off someone’s head. So all in all it has become a great experience.

Oct 25 2014

No One Told Me

Getting old is no fun. I recently got hearing aids Rochdale after someone slipped a note under my door at the retirement home where I live. The note basically said that I need to realize that I was old and needed help hearing. It wasn’t signed, but it did prompt me to have my hearing checked. The note was right; I couldn’t hear a thing and had to get aids to help me hear.

A couple of days ago, my best friend told me she wrote the note on behalf of everyone we knew. Apparently, I had been yelling at everyone, everyone had been yelling at me, my TV was so loud it bothered everyone in the retirement community, and I was a nuisance. Why in the world didn’t someone just tell me? I didn’t know my hearing was bad. I was embarrassed to say the least, but at least my TV isn’t bothering anyone anymore.

Oct 14 2014

Don’t Forget To Open a Window

When it comes to gluing together NCR sets that have been printed, I’ve learned the hard way several times to make sure that the room is properly ventilated. As many of you are probably aware, the NCR padding adhesive can really give you a nasty headache is used for lengthy periods of time in a room without ventilation. On numerous occasions I’ve forgotten to open a window while applying the adhesive, and several hours later I’ve had to leave work early with a pounding migraine headache. These days I not only open several windows, but I also start a fan in order to blow the glue fumes out the window and increase the airflow and circulation. When the room is well ventilated and a fan is blowing, I never have any issue when apply NCR padding glue. Be sure to try this tip out, as there is no need to cause yourself an unnecessary headache.

Oct 11 2014

Coming to Terms

When I found out I was experiencing urinary distress, I was pregnant with my first child. I began to notice the symptoms with the increased pressure on my abdomen, especially when I coughed or sneezed. Soon, anytime I lifted something off the ground, I was feeling a leak. I did not seem to have the strength to keep the urine from coming out. When I finally went to see the doctor, I was afraid of what she would tell me. I had no idea what my options were, and she recommended that I begin to use pads. She also told me that my condition is very common, but she did ensure that I did not have an infection or kidney stones. I began to use incontinence pads reluctantly in the beginning, but I soon found that they were my ally and not the dreaded enemy I thought them to be.

Oct 6 2014

My Scary Story

Loss of hearing was very frustrating to me. One day I woke up and realized that I was having difficulty hearing people speak. This was hard on me as I love to listen to people. I love to hear all sorts of other sounds including music. I have always been aware of such sounds as I love to play music. While I am not a professional musician, I can play multiple musical instruments tolerably well including the piano and the violin. I have studied music for several years when I was young.

So I went to my doctor. He recommended digital hearing aids. The process of fitting them correctly took over a month. But I have been very happy with the results. Thanks to the hearing aids, I can hear much better than I ever could. This makes me happy. My problem has been easily solved.