Home Security

Years ago home security was fulfilled by having a dog and a weapon. Then along came alarm systems, monitored alarm systems, and the progression continues. Many people have heard of Ring Video Doorbell systems even if they do not have them installed. Now Ring and others like them are introducing even more product offerings. A company named Maximus Lighting is releasing a dual camera video doorbell that projects to provide a wider area of view due to the two cameras and their placement. This option should help better identify anything coming, or going near the door of a home where it is installed. Besides regular …

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Flowers and Landscaping for Spring

This month is a great time to get out in the yard and work on a new look for the spring. If there are old leaves in the yard, it is time to get them out of there. Next, look for any sticks, rough looking mulch, or other debris and clean them up. Check trees for any limbs that appear ready to fall (cut them if they are) and then prepare to evaluate all areas for needed improvement. It is now time for planning, purchasing, planting and spreading. For the planning, look at the areas that could use extra color, border, …

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April Sports

The crack of a bat, bounce of a basketball, the swing of a golf club and a roar of engines are all signs of April. For fans of multiple sports April is a great time of the year. If you enjoy basketball then your eyes will be virtually glued to the Final Four the first weekend in April. If you enjoy motor sports, then the return of the Indy Grand Prix of Alabama on the first weekend of April probably interests you. If NASCAR is more your speed, then the GEICO 500 taking place in Talladega the last weekend of the …

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Grilled Sliders

Spring is now with us, and it is time to start grilling outside again (if you ever stopped). This month I will be sharing a couple of different delicious slider recipe options for you to enjoy. Dry-rub Chicken Sliders with Eggplant, Oyster Mushrooms and Gorgonzola Cheese Perfect little appetizer bites to please the whole family or your guests! Also great for parties or even as a main dish. Servings: 2 Ingredients 4 De-Boned Chicken Thighs (skin on) 2 tsp Smoked Sweet Paprika (or Plain Sweet Paprika) 1 tsp Ground Coriander 2 tsp Fine Sea Salt 1 Sprinkle of Ground Black Pepper 3 to 4 Oyster Mushrooms (shredded) 1 tsp Olive Oil 4 Slices Small Eggplant …

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Estate Planning

At the start please note that the information in this article provides ideas and should not be considered as professional advice. Consult with your financial and legal licensed professionals for discussions on your specific situation. As possessions and wealth accumulate, everyone needs to make sure they give those assets to the people they want to receive them, at the right time, and with the least burden. If we believe that we do not have to do anything and everything will work out when we pass away, then our heirs will be in for many difficult issues. If we do not have a …

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Folding Screen Phones

Are you ready for the next wave of phone innovation? Folding screen phones will be released by more manufacturers this year. What is a folding screen phone? It is just like it sounds, and it is a phone that has a screen that will fold and unfold as you need to use it. The main benefit of the design is that the larger screen will provide you with more workspace, but also provide the portability of a smaller phone when folded. Another benefit of the foldable phone is that you can work on two different applications at the same time …

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Preparing Your Equipment for Spring

As the weather warms grass, trees and shrubs will grow. With that growth comes the need for mowing and trimming. If you are not buying new equipment this year (or have not bought some already) then you need to perform beginning of season maintenance to the equipment you will be using. If you have someone else work on your equipment, you need to get your equipment on their schedule soon due to others having the same need. If you maintain your own equipment, you probably should start with the largest piece until you have finished with the smallest piece. If you …

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Longer Daylight Hours for Fun

March 10, 2019 at 2:00 A.M. is the date and time that our daylight hours will begin to get much longer. Most people will  not stay up until 2:00 A.M. on that day to change the time on clocks. However, some people may be a little less energized for a day or two until they get used to the “new time.” One way to avoid the drop in energy is to set your clock forward on Friday night right after you get off of work instead of waiting until early Sunday morning. That way you will not miss the hour of lost …

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Giant Shrimp and Scallops in Red Pepper and Tomato Sauce with Pasta

Are you ready to add some seafood to your diet? This dish, filled with shrimp and scallops mixed with pasta, red pepper and tomato sauce is scrumptious. Time: 35 minutes or less Effort: Easy Ingredients 8 giant shrimp peeled, raw 8 giant sea scallops, raw 1 large red pepper, diced 1 large tomato, diced 2 shallots, sliced thick 2 cloves garlic, chopped 2 tbsp olive oil 1 tsp balsamic vinegar salt & pepper 2 cups vegetable fusilli pasta 4 cups water 1 tbsp olive oil Grated Romano or parmesan cheese (optional) Directions In a medium saucepan sauté peppers, shallots and …

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What to Expect When Filing 2018 Taxes

As the April 15th 2019 deadline approaches for filing 2018 tax returns, there are several changes that will affect your tax refund,  what you need to pay, or what you claim. These changes listed below are only some of those instituted, and their effect on each situation may differ. Please note I am not a tax advisor. I suggest you consult with your tax advisor on questions related to your specific circumstances. The first change to discuss is the downward adjustment of tax brackets for most filers. The good thing about this change is that you can expect to owe …

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