Sunday, December 30, 2018

Four Tips for Your Next Construction Project

Construction projects aren't easy. However, there are steps that you can take to keep them from being overly difficult or time-consuming. If you're interested in smoothing out the construction process, here are just a few tips for your next building or rigging process.

1. Have a Budget
This might be easier said than done, especially if you're working on a flexible project with a lot of fluctuations in materials and labor times. But it's worth making the effort. Even if you only have vague price ranges instead of hard-and-fast dollar limits, it's always a good idea to keep your expenses confined to a budget.

2. Keep to a Schedule
In the same vein as the above, you'll want to try your hardest to keep to a schedule. You might need to delay things as new challenges and complications appear, but if you have some kind of deadline, you're more likely to keep the entire project from going off-track. It's better to exceed a deadline than never have a deadline at all.

3. Consider the Land
If you're digging, dredging or ditching, you'll need to pay close attention to the land. This might mean monitoring soil erosion or dealing with overflow from local pipes; it might mean exchanging your sand bags for trench breakers. At the end of the day, however, you shouldn't ignore the needs of the land.

4. Stay Safe
This is another area where it's easier to talk the talk rather than walk the walk, but you'll want to put as much effort as possible into keeping things safe on your construction project. Make sure that all of your employees have the right personal protection gear; make sure that everyone has read the handbook for dangerous tasks and activities. Stay safe on the job.

These are just a few tips for a smoother construction project. Whether you're building a new home or installing a series of machines for a commercial oil rig, you'll want to pay attention to what you're doing. You can save a lot of time, money and energy by being careful.

All is Calm, All is Bright

I have always loved the Christmas song "Silent Night" for it speaks of that one cold night when the little child who will save us all was born in a humbly and lowly manger. Whenever we get the chance to play for the Christmas mass, we always include this song in our repertoire. 

It has the simplest and most beautiful message to it: that things need not be extravagant or expensive to make others happy when giving gifts. For the most precious gift comes wrapped in swaddling clothes. It goes the same with gift giving. True, while we always want to give the best gift, in the end what matters most is the love that comes with the gift. While material things give us temporary happiness, receiving and giving love and true friendship, a sincere smile and warm embrace, and yes, forgiving others and ourselves is still the best gift we can offer one another.

For God so loved the world that He gave us His only son so that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life... so the bible says.

So before the year ends, let us allow love to reign in our hearts. And all else shall follow.

May we all continue to enjoy the holidays and greet the new year full of faith, hope and love in our hearts.

So keep calm and give LOVE.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Why Now Is the Best Time to Replace Your Worn Air Conditioner

The inability to feel cool and comfortable in the summer heat can make you irritable and have a difficult time getting proper rest. Prepare for replacement of your older unit that is not keeping you cool during the time period right before the deep winter cold situates over you. Save money and get nearly immediate service by merely choosing the best time of the year to get the work done.

AC Technicians Are Less Busy
It can seem difficult to try and get a technician to your home for simple repairs, let alone complete system replacements during the heat of the warmer months. It slows down some for AC technicians once the first signs of cold weather arrive. You should have no problems scheduling a replacement.

Prices of New Units Decrease
Prices for air conditioning units tend to drop off some when the heat of summer fades. Many companies will try and discount the current year model to make room for the next year versions. Take advantage of the potential for savings during the off-season.

You Can Feel More Comfortable During the Process
Not being able to blast your air conditioner when it's hot during the replacement process makes it a difficult task to endure during the summer months. The period right before a major cold snap is perfect for looking into replacing your old and worn system.

You'll Be Ready for the Heat Next Year
Being prepared is the best way to defeat a long, hot summer. Get rid of your older air conditioner if it struggled to keep you cool this year. If you have had to spend a lot in repairs over the last couple of years, replacement is the better option before you are stuck with a failed system.

Prepare well for the hot months with new air conditioning installation Yorktown VA that residents rely on for affordable and fast replacement. You'll be ready for whatever the next year brings.

It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Christmas - indeed it is the most wonderful time of the year.

Looking back at everything that has transpired this year, I can say that it has been a very meaningful and grace-filled year -- and that is more than enough reason to celebrate Christmas with a grateful heart. Despite the many shortcomings, challenges and misunderstandings that came along the way, my heart is still grateful that we were able to still find ourselves together and stronger in our convictions and faith.

Our hearts are also grateful for the friends whom we travelled with this year. The adventures, shared experiences, and that sense of being in a family will always be treasured in our hearts -these will forever be beautiful memories in the many years to come. And my heart is filled with joy and gladness because we are so blessed to be surrounded with good friends. 

For our family back in our home country, we also wish them well. There may be tough times but with His faithfulness, we are able to surpass the hurdles. Indeed God makes things possible - He always makes a way for us despite of and inspite of.

So I hope that we continue to have a grateful heart, and to give love to others who need it.

Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with your loved ones, family and friends.

May you have a blessed Christmas.

Getting Windows Spotless

Cleaning windows can be a lucrative business if you know how to perform the job the right way. When you're cleaning windows for homeowners or businesses, you need to use the proper supplies that won't leave streaks behind and that will get the glass as clean as possible. Before you begin cleaning for the customer, you need to make sure your equipment is clean so that it won't leave dirt and debris on the windows. You also need to make sure you have all of the solutions that will be sprayed on the windows before you begin the job. 

A window cleaning Hinsdale IL company will usually have a few different types of cleaning solutions to use on windows. You should have one that is specifically used on glass and one that can be used to clean window frames along with the metal that is often around windows if you're cleaning storm windows. A squeegee is a good tool to have so that you can remove as much water as possible from the glass after it's been cleaned. Microfiber cloths are good to have on hand as well as these usually trap lint and dirt. Avoid using products that will scratch the surface of the glass, such as abrasive chemicals and cloths. Avoid using paper towels to clean windows because they can be harsh on the surface. 

The first thing that you want to do is prepare the solution that you'll use for cleaning in a bucket. Dip the cloth or towel that you're going to use in the solution. Spray bottles might be convenient, but they often leave spots and streaks on the windows. Wring the water out of the cloth before cleaning the glass. Don't let the cloth drip because this can leave streaks behind as well. Start cleaning the windows from the top so that all of the dirt reaches the bottom of the glass instead of moving the dirt from the bottom to the top and covering it once again. Rinse completely with clean water before using a squeegee to remove excess water. 

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Add A Colonial Touch To Your Dining Room

A colonial decorating style is perfectly suited to any dining room. It adds a formal elegance to the space while reflecting on historically beautiful features. Creating this look inside of your own home is easy when you use the following tips.

Architectural Features with Colonial Touches
You will instantly add a colonial feel to your dining room by adding architectural details such as dentil molding around the ceiling, wainscoting, and solid wood doors. Use hardware in pewter or brushed nickel finishes. Paint the main portion of the walls in a traditionally colonial color like bright green, wedge wood blue, or a dark cranberry. Finish it off with random width flooring in dark wood tones.

Layer Fabrics for a Vintage Look
During the colonial days, people relied on fabrics to keep rooms warm. Hang heavy velvet valances and drapes over lace curtains on the windows. A vintage tablecloth with a lace one over top of it will coordinate nicely. Area rugs should be used freely. Place a large one under the table with smaller ones in the doorways. A runner is the perfect accent in front of the buffet. Adorn any extra seating with tapestry or needlepoint throw pillows.

Choose Traditional Pieces of Furniture
A true colonial dining room will feature a long formal wood table and chairs as its focal point. Pieces should be heavy and ornate with plenty of detail. A matching hutch is the ideal place to showcase vintage dinnerware, pewter objects, and pottery. If there is room, be sure to include a matching buffet. Use this area to display home decor items when not serving food on it.

Once you add architectural details to the room, layered fabrics, and traditional pieces of furniture, you will have an elegant, colonial-style dining room that is perfect for entertaining friends and family. It will have just enough elegance to keep the room formal while remaining casual enough that everyone will feel comfortable spending time in this space.

Simbang Gabi in Stuttgart

Christmas is just around the corner. Five more days to be exact. In my home country the Philippines, Christmas has already begun when we entered the "-ber" months. But being away from our home country, we try to make things feel more at home by practicing our Filipino traditions. One thing that we always look forward to is the Simbang Gabi - the nine day mass novena in preparation for the birth of Jesus. In this nine day evening masses, we endure the cold as we warmly await His birth. 

St. Maria Church at night...
We started our Simbang Gabi this year last Saturday, December 15. As accustomed, we celebrated the masses at St. Maria Church, an old church located at the Gerberviertel. We are now on our 6th evening. Three more nights and it will be Christmas Day.

The Parol (Filipino Christmas lantern) adds to the Christmas spirit in the church.
The eucharistic celebrations are prepared and organized by the different Catholic groups comprising the Philippinische Muttersprachliche Gemeinschaft, making sure that on each evening, there is music, smooth flow and warm Filipino finger foods and kakanin. 

I pray that despite the cold, we will all remain healthy and keep coming with our warm spirits so that our "pakiusap" to Him after completing the nine evening masses will be answered and granted.

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