Author Archives: Emma Morgan

Minding the Trees when Camping or Even at Home

I have always liked to go camping. My wife and I like to go camping in a tent. Cabins, motorhomes and travel trailers are nice, but tent camping is cheaper and easier. Plus, there are many comforts of home you can bring with you camping to make it nice for everyone. I learned a lot about camping over the years, and one thing you do not want to do is to set up a tent under trees unless there is no choice, because tree branches and trees can fall. We use a Nassau County tree removal service to maintain the integrity of the trees we have for a property we own. When you are out camping in wild areas, it is only nature that is managing those trees.

Trees can be affected by disease, pests, weather and man. Did you know that you can kill a tree by cutting a narrow channel all the way around the trunk? This is called girdling a tree. You cut off the flow of nutrients from the roots to the canopy. The inner wood is no longer comprised of living cells. The layers just under the bark are the part of the tree that is alive. Beavers, insects and other things can damage trees inside and out. Molds, viruses and more can kill trees or severely weaken them. Windstorms, ice and snow can weaken them too. You do not want to be out camping in a tent or even a motorhome and have a huge branch or giant tree fall on you. even a branch can weigh over a ton and can crush a home. Imagine what it can do to a tent.

You can’t really ascertain the integrity of trees in the wild. They can be rotten inside and look healthy on the outside. We use the Nassau County tree removal service to remove trees that they core test to check for damage. When we are out camping, we pick areas that have small trees and even keep from getting too close to them with our tent.

Buying a New Monument for My Parents

I was walking through a cemetery taking pictures for a media class I’m taking at college, and I was just fascinated with the different tombstones that were at the various gravesides. The ones from decades ago and even from the 1800s were interesting and told their own stories. They intrigued me, and the newer ones fascinated me. My parents have a small marker where they are buried, but walking through and seeing all of those made me want to go and look at monuments in Morristown NJ. I just felt that I could do a better job of honoring their final resting place here on this earth instead of just having a small marker with their names on it.

I knew that I wanted to get a headstone for both of them rather than individual ones, since their plots are right next to each other. My parents were all about love and relationships when they were alive, and I wanted to honor that with their tombstone. I knew that one of their favorite scriptures was 1 John 4:11. Continue reading

Don’t Worry About the House

I am a teacher and I go away every year for April vacation. We usually stay someplace close and just go to the pool and the beach, but this year I went online and booked a place across the pond. I was so excited to tell the kids we were going to Europe this April. My husband and I went online to look up CCTV cameras so that when we got on the plane, we knew we would be able to go and get on our phone to see what was going on while we were not there. Continue reading

I Wanted the Best Security System

I went through something pretty traumatic about a year ago. I was the victim of a home invasion, which was extremely rare to happen in the area that I was living in at the time. I was not hurt physically, but the emotional trauma is still with me today to some degree. I ended up having to move because I could not get past the fact that someone had terrorized me in the home I had been living in at the time. When I moved, the first thing I did was look up security system in Brisbane on my computer.

Even though I had already researched the area and knew that it was extremely safe, I was not taking any chances. I had done that once before, and I nearly paid for it with my life. I knew that I would never live anywhere else without a state of the art security system. I took my time looking at the different companies that specialize in security systems. I thought I would end up with a company that only deals in that, but I actually went with a local locksmith company. Continue reading

The Amateur Chemist at Home

I consider myself to be a chemist. Although I’m only on the amateur level with no actual degree in chemistry, I’ve still performed various experiments. Normally I use whatever I can find around the house or items that can be found in the grocery store, but sometimes I like to do experiments that require products that aren’t so easy to find in stores. Most of the time, the stores that sell these items only sell them to medical professionals and chemists with degrees, but I found a place where anyone can buy research chemicals with 99% purity.

My latest experiment involved making a medicine that works for alleviating cold symptoms. Continue reading

Could a Storage Locker Keep Peace in a Family?

My mother visits about once per year. She lives on the mainland. Her and father come to the island during their holiday time from work. My grandmother will usually visit around the same time too. They all live far enough away that we get advance notice when they are going to be visiting. It is this annual visiting that got me to follow a link that said click here for personal storage options in Singapore. Let me explain what I mean. You probably will see a bit of this in your own life as well.

My mother and grandmother have a unique taste that is all their own. However, it is not my taste. They have interesting leanings toward certain styles, colors and designs that I do not have. Now when I buy them a gift, I pick something from their style genre. When they buy me a gift, they buy something they would like to wear or display. I hurt my mother’s feelings once by telling her I did not like a certain gift she bought me. Ever since them I have graciously accepted any gift they get me, but I put the items in storage as soon as they leave. Continue reading

The Freedom the DirecTV Genie Satellite Box Gives to Family TV Viewing and DVR Recording

The newest DirecTV Genie satellite receiver box has a lot of features our old cable box could not compete with. We called the cable company and asked them if they had an upgrade that would compete. They still only had DVRs that could only record two things at once. The DirecTV box can record up to five things at the same time. If you have cable DVR, you know how frustrating it is to have two things recording and you can’t watch another show without canceling a recording. That happened all the time with our cable box.

I also like it that they had more full time HD channels than our cable company. Another nice thing is that with DirecTV, you have one main box and the other ones are really tiny. The cable system in your house is tied in with the main box. This means you can watch whatever is recorded on the main box. Continue reading

A Car Accident Caused Me Constant Pain

I was in a car wreck about six months ago. My doctor told me that I would just have to work through the pain since I did not want to take prescribed pain pills. He did suggest that I get regular massages to help work lose the kinks that was causing a lot of the pain. I did that, and it did help a bit. However, the pain would never go completely away. My massage therapist told me that she could continue what she is doing but that I should really see a chiropractor in Santa Rosa. Continue reading

Beginners Should Stick with Easy Recipes

Can’t Believe It’s A Grocery Store | America By MeOne of the main problems that someone just starting out with learning how to cook runs into is trying too much too fast. Even though they could barely boil water a week ago, they are somehow surprised that this week they have difficulty when they tried out a four course meal and it didn’t taste the way it does when they go out to a restaurant or to their mom’s house. Trying too much too fast will almost always get a bad result when it comes to cooking because there is a feel to it, a learning curve. Start out with easy things and then slowly add to your repertoire.

A good example of this is with breakfast. This is a great place for many to start but make sure you don’t attempt an omelet before you learn how to make scrambled eggs. Making eggs is somewhat simple but requires a little bit of a learning curve to learn not to overbeat your eggs, to make certain they are cooked long enough so they aren’t runny but not too long where they taste like rubber or even burn. Continue reading

Two Tips That Making Cooking Easier

Poem: Heavens Grocery store - ThisIs50.comIf you’re like me, you probably have big dreams of someday being a great cook, but those dreams never seem to become reality. As hard as I try, I just don’t seem to have the time to make gourmet meals for my family every night. However, I am starting to realize that I can still make good, healthy meals that everyone enjoys simply by applying a few easy techniques to my life.

First, when I go to the grocery store each week, I make sure to stock up on the staples. Nothing is worse than getting ready to cook dinner for the family and then suddenly realizing that you don’t have what you need to finish up. It wastes valuable time that could be spent on the meal; therefore, by planning well, this unnecessary step can be eliminated. I went through and reorganized my pantry, spice drawer and refrigerator so it was easy for me to see when I was running out of an item. Continue reading