Saturday, March 11, 2017

Locating a Qualified Electrician

Owning a home means that you will have occasional problems that you will need to deal with. It is only a matter of time until you have a serious issue with the electrical system in your home. Obviously, this is not something that you should attempt to fix on your own. It is much too dangerous. You will need to contact a professional electrician to sort out the problem. A short glance at your local phone book will show many electricians for you to choose from. Obviously, not all of these people will do the same quality of work for you. How do you sift through all these choices? Here are some ways that you can go about finding a terrific Ponte Vedra electrician.

1. Hire a company that has been operating in your local area for many years.

The first thing you should do is limit your search to electricians that have established a great reputation within your community. Talk to people in your neighborhood and find out the electricians they have used in the past. Ideally, you should only hire an electrician who has been in your area for no less than four years. It says a lot about a company if they can stay in business for that long. It basically means that they have continually done great work for people. Therefore, they have received a ton of repeat business.

2. How quickly can the electrician come to your home and start working?

Obviously, you do not want to wait a long time for an appointment with an electrician. You want the electrical problem in your home to be fixed as soon as possible. Therefore, you should only hire an electrician who can come to your home within 48 hours of when you call to make the appointment. A company that makes you wait longer than 48 hours is not serious about getting your business. 

3. Does the electrician have a current license and insurance coverage?

Both of these things are absolutely essential for an electrician to have. The license is important because it shows that the electrician has successfully completed his training and passed all of the exams mandated by the state. Insurance is important because this will pay for any damage that the electrician might accidentally do to your home or possessions while he is working. Ask to see his proof of insurance and license.



Decorate Your Own First Communion Candle

An essential in your child's first communion is the communion candle. It symbolizes Christ, who lights our way and guides us in our journey as Christians. 

For my daughter's first communion candle, we decided to decorate it ourselves. We found a colorful design on the internet which suited our daughter's personality and used it as our reference. 


In decorating the communion candle, it is important to keep the following in mind:

1. Leave at least 13-15 cm space on the top so that the decoration will not immediately melt away while the candle burns. Also allow a 15 cm distance from the bottom so that your child will be able to hold the candle easily without covering the decoration while handling the candle.

2. Signs of the eucharist and Christ such as the chalice, the host, grape vine, fish, alpha and omega, sun, cross, etc. are just some of the symbols relevant to first communion. Explain to your child what each symbol means and allow them to choose the symbols that they want on their candle.

3. Materials: you will need candle (we used 35mm x 500 mm, with 10% beeswax), wax sheets in various colours, crafter's scalpel, cutting mat, templates for the symbols, wax paper.

3. Don't forget to also place your child's name and the date of the first communion so you will always be reminded when your child first received the body and blood of Christ.

4. Have fun decorating. This is also another chance to spend quality time with your child and sharing with them your faith.

Self-decorated candles are also great gifts for your loved ones. You can easily customize the design according to the occasion.

Happy crafting!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Things to Consider When You Need Refrigerator Service

When a refrigerator quits working, it can cause problems that must be dealt with right away in order to minimize the losses that could be suffered as a result. Not only do you have to worry about the refrigerator itself, you want it fixed before the food inside starts to spoil. When you look at it from the financial perspective, the cost of the refrigerator is only part of the problem. The cost of replacing any lost food can be an issue. In addition, if the refrigerator is leaking water from something like an ice maker, you could have some water damage to contend with if the problem is not taken care of promptly. 

Fortunately, there are companies like Sub Zero Refrigerator Repair that can come to your rescue when these unexpected events happen. When looking for a refrigerator repair company, there are a few things you want to keep in mind. One of them is the ability to respond whenever you need them. Ideally, you will want a company that has the capability of responding 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. The problem with equipment breakdowns is they do not happen according to schedule. In fact, it seems like they occur at the most inconvenient times. This is why you want to a choose someone who can respond regardless of when the problem occurs. 

Another thing you want to consider is the availability of parts. It will do very little good to have a repair person come out in the middle of the night only to have to go back to the office during business hours and order the parts. Having the right parts on the truck can get you going again without delay. 

In addition to times when a refrigerator completely quits working, there are certain other times when you may want to have it checked before it completely quits. If it starts making strange noises, there is likely a component that is nearing the end of its service life. Calling for help when you first hear the noise can prevent the sense of urgency that goes along with a breakdown. Another sign that it needs help sooner rather than later is the presence of oily residue on or under the unit.  If the refrigerator is getting hot around the edges, cycling on and off too often, or sweating on the outside, you may need help as well. Keep in mind that knowing ahead of time where to turn for help can make things much easier when issues occur. 



DIY Baptism Favors

We welcomed another beautiful angel into the Christian family last November. As a little token for the guests of my godson who came to witness his baptism, I made these little glass jars filled with chocolate kisses. I found this great idea featured on Pinterest and proceeded to make something similar to it. Instead of the candles, I put in Hershey's kisses. Yum! :)


The materials are readily available in any craft shop or paper supplies store. The small glass jars (Mini Einmachgläser mit Deckel in German) and Hershey's kisses Cookies and Cream and Milk Chocolate, I bought online (via Amazon) because they are cheaper.

My ever so helpful little girl was also very happy to do her part in cutting, gluing and putting things together. Unfortunately, I lost the photos I made to document how to make these baptism favors on my old Samsung when it went kaputt last month so I only have this single photo of our crafts day. :(

So what do you guys think?

And oh, my little girl's first communion is coming up so I will have another opportunity to do some crafts, specifically on how to decorate your own communion candle. Will be sure to make photos to share with you all.

Until then!


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