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Sunday, November 27, 2011

address plaques

The weather has now fully transitioned from summer to fall and from hot to cool. We and many of our neighbors are now taking on the last of our annual outdoor yard maintenance projects. We are especially pleased with some of the things that we accomplished this year from a home improvement perspective. In early spring, after noting that most of the curbside address signs in our neighborhood were faded, he re-painted our sign to give it a fresher look.
We then noted that many of the house address plaques in our neighborhood were also in need of some sprucing up. We did some internet research to identify a suitable replacement address plaque. We also looked around in some local hardware stores. It wasn’t that I was unhappy with our existing plaque. Instead, the focus was simply on improving and finding a manufacturer of quality address plaques.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

I wish you enjoy your delicious turkey.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Our Trip in Hong Kong disneland last year.

It’s almost one year now since the last time we traveled in to deferent country in Asia. I was looking at our picture that we took when we are in Hong Kong. And notice that my husband and I bought a sweater for our children while we are there in Hong Kong. Because it was a bit cold and now since it’s already cold here in the United States. I was wonder were those entire sweaters that I bought in Hong-Kong. I totally forgot all those sweaters that we got in Hong Kong. If I did not look at the pictures that we took in Hong-Kong this evening I never remember those sweaters. Anyhow I should probably start putting all the summer clothes away. So that I can pull out all the winter clothes that we got and wear them all.
Anyhow here are some pictures that we took while we are there in Hong-Kong.






























Monday, November 21, 2011

company offers life insurance

We have been considering making a change to our life insurance coverage for several years now. My husband has a lot of insurance coverage through his job, but we have sometimes worried that it might not be enough if something was to happen to him and I and our children had to rely on insurance and savings to cover our basic needs. Thus we are interested in looking into what company offers life insurance coverage that best meets our insurance needs.
In recent months, we have been considering the possibility of obtaining additional or alternate life insurance policies. One invaluable tool for searching the available policies has been an online quote service offered by a certain website. The online quote system allows you to readily compare rates of different insurance providers, which is a good first step when searching for insurance.
Another useful feature is comparisons of different types of insurance coverage. Certain websites provide information regarding the difference between term life insurance versus whole life policies. Basically, I understand that term policies offer better value, but may result in a significant cost without any return if there is no claim during the term of the policy. Whole life policies, on the other hand, tend to be much more expensive, and may be beyond our budget.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

fashion boots.

Now that winter is fast approaching, it is time for our family to upgrade our shoe collection. I love shopping and love shopping for shoes more than almost any other article of clothing. Given that it is starting to get pretty cold, my first choice for a new pair would be fashion boots. Basically, I would like something that is both warm and stylish.

I would also want a pair of shoes that I can slip on easily and wear around the house. Normally, I would wear sneakers or house shoes. But I also know that certain brands tend to focus on light, comfortable shoes. Keds shoes are great examples of nice, comfortable and sometimes colorful shoes.

On the other hand, sometimes, I just feel whimsical and nonconformist. When I am in that type of mood, there is no better choice than shoes made by irregular choice. Its designs are almost always edgy and never boring.

Friday, November 18, 2011

have a great weekend everyone.

It’s only 4:29 but is already dark. I took some pictures where the son coming down. As you can see on this pictures is already dark. But the time is only 4:45 in the afternoon. Anyhow I just want to share this pictures that I took. And then I will start cooking dinner. So that is all for now have a great weekend everyone.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

plus size lingerie

Our new baby is due within a few weeks. As usual, I have put on a lot of weight relating to my pregnancy. Once the baby arrives, I expect that I will enter a long transition period during which I work to regain my original weight and size. It has always been difficult for me to find clothes that fit since I arrived in the United States. Originally, this was due to the fact that most clothing was cut for a larger sized woman and I could find few nice items that fit me well. That problem was alleviated by my discovery of petite and extra small clothing for women. Now that I am about to be a mother for the fourth time, the concern is different. At least for a while after the baby comes, I anticipate that I will be shopping for plus sizes rather than petites. One of the most fun types of clothing to buy is plus size lingerie. Sometimes, I just gaze at the pieces and wonder what it must be like to actually be able to fill such substantial bras. At least for a short time after giving birth to our child, I am able to experience first-hand what it must feel like.

Travel sharing experience from our friend from Thailand .

October 29, 2011 was one of the great days for us in coming to the U.S.A. this time. It was the day that we made special visits to several places such as Portage Northern High School , Portage Central High School, the house No. 9211 Austin Lake Drive, Austin Lake, and mom Jean Thomas' grave. The visit to Portage Northern High School and Portage Central High School brought back wonderful memories that I had during my AFS year in 1972-1973. The old buildings are still there and the new ones have been added. The flag pole at Portage Central High School has remained in the same location; however, the public highway in front of the school has been widen and the gymnasium at Portage Northern High School has remained exactly the same. The school signs of both schools have, of course, been replaced by the new ones. The visit to 9211 Austin Lake Drive was also a very remarkable one that made me proud. Dad parked the car beside the road in front of the house and Napi and I walked toward the house taking some pictures. Two trees, one being in front of the house and the other just behind the house, disappeared while the other trees remain the same. The color of the house, the white color, as well as the size of the house remains exactly the same. We were lucky to have been invited by the present owners of the house to enter the house. Surprisingly, the house seems much smaller but actually, the size remains the same. We went through the doors toward the dining room, the kitchen, the living room, the family room, the laundry room, the toilet but not the bed rooms. Much of the carpet looked exactly the same. Austin Lake is still the lake of pride, the lake of beautiful and clean water, and the lake of happiness. I remember running around the lake after school with Brad and very often with our loyal dog Bucky. However, the visit to mom Jean Thomas' grave at Three Rivers Cemetary made me sad and almost made me cry. Rick, Cheli, and Melisa had already been there waiting for us when we arrived at the grave. We laid a wreat over the grave, paid respect and then returned home. If mom Jean Thomas had not had the car accident in 1998, she would be 80 years old this year. Back to Bay City, dad and mom Sharon took us to a Japanese restaurant where food was cooked right at the table in front of our eyes. The style of cooking was so strange and amusing that could attract the customers to come here again.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

quilt sets

The weather has started to get cool again. The fall season will end in a little more than six weeks, and winter will begin. We are in the midst of several home improvement projects, yet there remains something that must be done to ensure that all of our children are comfortable when sleeping overnight. What I am thinking of is getting new quilt sets, comforters and bedding. We never purchased multiple choices for our daughters’ bedrooms. In fact, I think there are only two or three bedding sets each that get rotated in their rooms. I recognize that at such tender ages, they really could care less what their comforters or sheet sets look like. However, I think it is important to set standards for our children so that they grow accustomed to certain things. A quick internet search revealed a number of promising sites. One standout offered as much as twenty per cent plus free express shipping. In addition, they had several appealing styles of quilts and comforters. Perhaps, the best approach would be to show the site to my daughters to help select the styles that they find most appealing.

Monday, November 14, 2011

mens big and tall

Now that the holiday season is almost here, I have started to give more thought to the gifts that I might get for my family. The kids are easy. I know that as long as I get each of them a few shiny toys, they will be happy. The difficult one is my husband. I always have trouble shopping for him. This year, there may be even more of a challenge. Over the past several months, my husband has been drinking protein supplements, making sure that he eats three meals per day, and working out with weights a lot. As a result, he may have put on 20 solid pounds or more. His new muscularity will likely make it almost impossible to find nice clothes that fit him in almost any, but I also suspect that a lot of his existing clothes may not fit anymore too. So, I expect that I will need to shop for mens big and tall clothing. Maybe, I will bring some samples of his current clothing in order to help me find something that is consistent with sense of style.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Best Annuity Rates

I started investing in the stock market for the first time only a couple of years ago at the suggestion of my husband. Initially, the experience was exciting, but along with the market turmoil and economic downturn, my stock portfolio lost a lot of value. This made me wonder whether there were safer investments that I might explore. The first alternatives that I discovered were certificates of deposits and municipal bonds. Although CDs are generally pretty safe, they tend to pay horrendous rates of return. Municipal bonds certainly tend to have better rates of return than CDs, but I was a little spooked by the fact that there have been municipalities that have sought bankruptcy protection in recent years. Indeed, a county in Alabama filed for bankruptcy just this month! Eventually, my search led me to consider annuities. As I understand them, the way annuities work is that when someone purchases an annuity, they are effectively agreeing to loan present money in exchange for a promise that the bearer will pay a certain rate of return over time. Thus the key is finding the Best Annuity Rates. Doing so requires a bit of research, but can result in both low risk and a good rate of return.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

celtic wedding bands

Today, I learned about how historically the Celtic people were master metalworkers. They were especially well known for some of the intricate designs that they applied to items of jewelry. I saw photos of many examples of celtic wedding bands. And I must admit that the pieces that I saw were indeed quite beautiful. I wonder how long the Celtic people have been involved in metal working. The wedding bands were especially interesting because they showed so much detail in a very small area, which I imagine would require great skill. Many of the wedding bands followed traditional conventions and were devoid of jewels of any kind. Although I think my husband and I have now decided against the idea, for a time we considered replacing our wedding bands with new, nicer looking rings. Our wedding bands are just that – plain, gold bands reflecting no designs whatsoever. One of the Celtic styles would be far more interesting and esthetically pleasing. However, the more we thought about it, the more we realized that the sentimental value was important as our current bands were what we exchanged at our wedding ceremony. But if we ever renew our vows, I will be sure to consider the Celtic styles.

Having fun with falling leaves

Monday, November 7, 2011

internet merchant

It seems like many of the websites that I visit seem to use different payment policies. Some accept Paypal, some accept credit cards. Among the credit card merchants, some accept Visa and MasterCard, but not American Express or Discover. Basically, the standard practices are all over the place. Knowing this made me wonder how a typical internet merchant would handle payment practices. I know that there are internet merchant account processing services that are available for a reasonable fee. Many of these businesses have a particular focus on startups and other businesses that have difficulty establishing an account with a standard credit card processor.

Airsoft Pistol

Several years ago, I visited a shooting range. It was one of the most interesting afternoon excursions of my life. Previously, I had little experience with guns of any kind. But since that time, I have returned to shooting ranges on many occasions and have also participated in paintball activities. As my husband and I now have small children, we are reluctant to have regular handguns and rifles in our home in light of the easy deadly force that they command. However, we are considering the purchase of an Airsoft Pistol . Although we recognize that air guns pose threats of their own, we believe they are only about as dangerous as a slightly sharpened knife in the hands of the unwary. In any event, we would store any air guns that we purchase in a way that respects their potential for harm in the hands of a child. We specifically gravitated to the Airsoft brand due to certain characteristics of the company. First of all, it is family owned and operated. Secondly, the company offers a wonderful selection and pricing. Finally, I like the company’s generous warranty policies. Thus, when all factors are considered together, it is clear that Airsoft remains a clear choice for our air gun needs.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

backlink benchmarking

I just learned about a great way for tracking traffic to your site and potentially managing your page rank. The tool is called the Hubshout website grader . The web grader is a free tool that helps you to explore backlinks, competitor profiles and keywords. On the Hubshout homepage, you can perform a very quick and free website benchmarking test. I found the website and especially the frequently asked questions page to be very helpful. I admit that I did not fully appreciate the potential value of a backlink analysis.And I think the tool would be invaluable for helping domain owners to increase their page rank. This, if this is important for you, I suggest that you try their backlink benchmarking tool to see how your domain stacks up against other websites.

Charleston real estate

A couple of years ago, we visited Charleston, South Carolina to attend the wedding of one of my husband’s co-workers. Both my husband and I simply loved the city and its local culture. The food, the architecture and the proximity to the Atlantic Ocean all left a strong, positive impression with us long after we returned to the Washington DC area. As we are now contemplating a potential move away from the DC area, I thought about Charleston and I am anxious to see what the Charleston real estate market is like these days. My sense is that it would almost certainly be less expensive than the DC area. However, I would not be surprised in the least if the more high-end properties cost at least as much as a nice home in Northern Virginia. The featured listings on a Charleston real property website are largely consistent with my expectations. Although there are homes that cost less than $450,000, there are many that have asking prices that exceed 3 million dollars. At this stage, I think we have had our fill of very expensive homes and will likely stick with renting for a while.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

nursing scrubs

One of my aunts is a nurse. I visited with her last year at her home in Jackson, Mississippi. She really enjoys her work as she says that it leaves her very content that she helps other people almost every day. When I was staying with her, I had an occasion to try on some of her hospital scrubs while I waited for my laundry to finish. I found them to be quite comfortable and wondered where I might find some nice scrubs for women. After some quick searches, I found a site that offers just what I was looking for: http://www.blueskyscrubs.com/categories/Scrubs/Scrubs-for-Women/.I plan to pick up a few pairs of scrubs for myself before it gets too late. Indeed, I may just get a pair of nursing scrubs for my aunt as a small token of my gratitude for all that she has done for me over the years.

SEO Services

It is pretty amazing to think about how much the internet and online businesses have changed over the past decade. Little more than 10 years ago, you seldom heard about online marketing businesses. That is, it is only within the past several years that online marketing businesses have really taken off. Nowadays, such businesses have become very specialized and offer highly technical services. They now offer a wide variety of services such as SEO Services.One website in particular seemed to provide very specialized services including ad serving. Sometimes, I just review the information available on the company’s website to better educate myself regarding the available services. The website also provides a lot of useful information for anyone who is thinking about an on-line marketing campaign. By staying on top of the available data, you can always be sure that you are utilizing the best available online marketing services.