Utilitech Digital Timer
There's a trick to get the Digital Timer from Utilitech to work. This trick works for the Model #TM-108, but is probably true if you're using any Utilitech Digital Timer.
Key thing to get the timer to work for the first time is to make sure that the timer start time isn't before the current time. Basically, you want to follow the directions and make sure that the start time is in the future.
If you don't do this, when you set the timer you will have to wait 24 hours to make sure that it works.
When I initially set this up, I expected that the outside lights to be working since the start time have passed. For a moment, I thought that the timer was defective. The next day, I reset the timer to the exact time and waited 20 minutes to see the light went on. That's when I realized what happened.
So just remember to set the timer to go on later than the current time.
Pot Luck Food Ideas
Every year we have a company pot luck and celebrate the season by sharing some of our favorite foods with our co-workers.
This year Pot Luck was a huge success because organizers decided to assign categories by company departments. Engineering was responsible for sides and main dish, while other teams had deserts and appetizers etc. This ensured that there was plenty of coverage in different areas. (You don't want the case of everyone bringing pies.)
The dish size people prepare or purchase is big enough for a large family gathering. People will take small portions of your offering. Example: For a company with 100 employees, you should make enough as if your serving for 20 people.
If your looking for some ideas of what to bring to a Pot Luck, here is a list of some of foods that people have brought in the various pot lucks that I have attended in the past:
- 5 layer dip with chips
- Baked Asparagus Fries
- Braised Brussels Sprouts
- Buffalo Chicken Dip with chips
- Cheese plate
- Guacamole, salsa, chips
- Jalapeno Cornbread
- Pumpkin kugel cupcakes
- Pumpkin spice muffins
- Spinach Balls
- Spinach Dip
- Artichoke Dip
- Buffalo Chicken Dip
- Caramelized Onion Dip
- Ecuadorian chicken & rice soup
- Ecuadorian chicken & rice soup
- Some breads
- Spicy pigs in a blanket
- Spinach Dip
- Sweet Potato Pecan Scuffle
- Sweet sweet potatoes
- Blackbottom Cupcakes
- Chai spice mini cupcakes
- Cinnamon Cake
- Ice Cream-filled Cupcakes
- Ginger cookies
- Peanut Butter Lava cookies
- Peanut Butter Lava Cookies
- Pecan Pie
- pumpkin cheesecake
- Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes
- Seasonal Cupcakes
- Toffee caramel cookies
- Toffee chocolate caramel cookies
- Apple Cider
- Mix Soda (Season Favorite)
Don't forget to bring any display dishes or utensils. (Bring along extra in case other's forget!) Make a small sign to display in front of your dish with any special information, such as 'Gluten Free' or 'A favorite from Ireland.'
Children & Elders: Benefits of Relationships
If you have fond memories of frequent visits with your grandparents or even living in the same town as your grandparents, you may one of the lucky few. While many of today's families are multigenerational and live under the same roof, some children don't know their grandparents very well due to long distances or may not have a grandmother or grandfather. Elderly individuals don't need to be biologically related to act as a mentor or a positive influence in a child's life. Many elders act as "honorary" grandparents for children of all ages. If your child doesn't have a close relationship with a grandparent or you want him or her to have more interaction with an older population, contact a nursing home in your local area; many places are more than happy to have visitors of all ages.
Why Intergenerational Relationships Matter
Creating a healthy and strong relationship with someone of a different generation is beneficial for everyone. Some children, who don't have frequent interactions with elders, may be afraid of older individuals. Similarly, elders who don't have regular interaction with younger people may have inaccurate assumptions about younger populations. While intergenerational relationships benefit individuals differently, here are a few benefits based on programs involving youth and elders:
- Increase Understanding of Aging: Interacting with an elderly population helps children understand the aging process (how people slow down or how memories can change).
- Improved Socialization: Children that interact with elders are more likely to have better social skills. Rather than socializing with individuals only within their peer group, they learn how to adapt (such as speaking loud/soft, articulately). They may also exhibit and have a better understanding of manners and overall respect.
- Having Purpose: Both young individuals and the elderly may feel as if they have a purpose as they build their relationship. Children may notice they make an elder smile upon each visit and the elder may see that he or she has made a friend.
- Increasing Wellness: Sadly, in some nursing homes across the country, some elders feel unsafe and are unhappy. Having visitors of all ages can improve moods, which as a result can improve the overall health and wellbeing of a nursing home resident.
What Can You Do?
If you want to participate in creating a healthy relationship with an elder, you don't need to be part of an official organization or class. Consider making holiday cards for elders or plan an activity (such as a game) that could include children and adults. Always call the nursing home ahead of time and communicate with the employees in charge; tell them what activities you have planned. Additionally, once you've created a schedule, stick to the plan as young and old depend on consistency.
Search Google for 'iPhone Screen Cleaner' and see how Google basically nullify Windex's Ad:
Global Organization for Health Improvement
Today I got this awesome spam email. I am guessing spammers are trying to be tricky. My email client easily identified this email as Spam and places it in the correct circular file:
My name is Dr.Susan Patrick. I work with the Global Organization for Health Improvement (GOHI), California LA, USA. We are cordially inviting you to the forth coming global conference on Eradicating Malaria 2015, which will be held from 14th to 18th December 2015 at the Clarence Brown Conference center Located at Cartersville, Atlanta GA, USA.
If you are interested to participate and want to represent your country, you may contact the conference secretariat for more information regarding the conference. You should inform them that you were invited by Dr.Susan Patrick who is affiliated with Lutheran Medical Center and a member of Global Organization for Health Improvement.
The benevolent donors of the Organizing Committee will provide round trip Air tickets to all invited/registered participants. Registered delegates will only be responsible for their hotel booking in Atlanta where the conference will be held. If you are a holder of an international passport that may require visa to enter the United States, You should inform the secretariat as the conference organizing committee is responsible for all registered delegates visa arrangements. You may Contact the Conference secretariat with the address below for detailed information regarding the conference.
The email concludes with some contact information. Sorry Dr. Susan Patrick, I won't be going to your conference. I checked out the conference event calendar and there is nothing scheduled for December. You can let the benevolent donors know of my plans.
Watch out if your downloading anything from Download.com! You may end up changing some browser settings and be downloading some spyware.
I was testing out TotalTerminal application when I saw it on CNet's download.com. I have downloaded files from their site in the past, so I thought it would be safe to download it.
Turns out that you can't just directly download the file. You have to download an installer which will download the file. The installer is where it get's tricky because there's a screen that ask if you want to change your Browsers to Yahoo Search. Well they don't exactly put it that way, they use the term "Search Offer."
What's buried in the Download.com 'Acceptance of Terms' is that you'll also be installing an 'eBay Shopping Assistant,' 'SearchMe' and a 'Domain Error Assistant' browser extension.
What's worst is that you can't copy the 'Acceptance of Terms' text to another file to search for it. Download.com anticipate that you'll just click 'Yes' and not read what your really signing up for.
I would follow the advice of iowacitytechnologyservices.com and not download anything from download.com.
Solar Panel Inspection
Today we had the town inspect the electric work done with the solar panel installation.
After having the solar panels installed on the roof, the work needs to be inspected by the city/town. First up is the electrical inspection. A representative electrician from the solar installation company shows the work to a city/town inspector. For this part, the homeowner needs to be home so that the inspector can go in the house and see the work done with the electric box.
Our Electrical inspection went smoothly. Basically the electrician showed the inspector the new power boxes outside and demonstrated that they are generating power. They came inside and looked at the various parts of the fuse box. The inspector made sure that the electrical guide was updated to the latest changes. After everything passed, the inspector added his signature to the building permit.
We still need to have a building Inspection done, I am not sure if we need to be home for this part of the work. There was some drilling done to connect the cables from the outside to the inside, not sure if that will be included in the inspection.
Glad that an independent person is checking the work done. We don't want to have any issues because a contractor decided to cut corners.
Google Alerts Thumbnail
I get a Google Alerts every day on different topics that I am interested in, such as '1080p Camera', 'Firefox', 'Chrome' and 'Huntington Ave Boston.' I have the Huntington Ave as an alert because it's the street where I work. I find it useful to know if there's anything interesting around my area.
In the past I learned about when Five Guys got their permit and when someone one famous was signing thier books at the Prudential Center Barnes and Noble.
Today I saw this piece of news with a thumbnail image that doesn't quite fit the story:
Check out the Google Alerts, and set up a daily notification of something interesting in your neck of the wood.
Yesterday Sungevity installed solar panels at our house. Last week they informed us that they were ready to do the installation since the town permit was completed and the panels were ready.
There were four installers that came around 8:30 am, and they actually finished the job by 4pm. A few additional people stopped by to help, including another person to install panels and an electrician.
They did an awesome job and was able to do the entire job in a day. Sungevity originally told us that it was going to take a couple of days to get it done. I am thinking that if we had a bigger house, or harder to reach roof, it would have been a longer installation process.
Some tips that I gathered from their visit:
- Make sure there's plenty of room for the workers in the basement. If you have a lot of things that are around the patch panel you should clear it away.
- We needed to move both our cars out of the driveway so that they could park their vans as close to the house as possible.
- If it's a hot day, have some cold water available for the workers.
- The team that did our house didn't have any power splitters so they could charge some of their tools. I have to use an outdoor power splitter to help them out.
- The electrician needed to cut the power for about a half-hour. Since we were working from home, it made it tricky to stay online, we ended up using the hotspot capabilities on our iPhones. They did give us plenty of warning on when the power was going to be shut off.
- There's going to be a lot of noise. The workers on the roof, as well as those working around the patch panel will be loud. If your working from home, avoid having any important conference calls.
- We ended up locking our cats in the guest room since the workers need to have a window open in the basement.
- I took lots of pictures of them doing the work, but not a lot of before pictures. (Seriously how many people take pictures of their roof?) It's not a bad idea to take some before pictures so you know what the house looked like before.
- Sungevity installs a small box next to the electric box in the front of the house, or where ever your electric meter is. There's another two boxes that get attached to the house just below the panels.
- We got a visit from the Sungevity sales team encouraging us to let our friends know how much we liked the installation process.
- We left the workers alone most of the time. When they arrived they just needed to know how to get access to the basement and to our backyard. They didn't need anything else from us, other than where the bathroom was.
If you have any questions about using Sungevity or any solar panels. I am happy to talk about our experience and answer any questions that you may have. Feel free to leave your phone number on the feedback form and we'll give you a call back.
My Lucky Penny
In April, I found a 1935 penny in my pocket full of change. This got me thinking a bit about how long the penny has been in circulation. The World has changed a lot since the penny was minted. In fact, most people that read this website blog weren't even born when the penny was minted.
Some facts I found about this 80 year old penny journey:
- Franklin D. Roosevelt was the President of the United States in 1935
- The United States was in the middle of the Great Depression.
- Average Cost of new house $6,510.00
- Average wages per year $1,650.00
- New Car Average Price $610.00
- A loaf of Bread cost 7 cents
- 24% of the population was unemployed.
- Airplanes are no longer permitted to fly over the White House
- Bank of Canada opens
- Black Sunday: The worst sandstorm ravages US midwest (creates the Dust Bowl)
- US Congress accepts FDR's "New Deal"
I don't know how I got this penny, as I just happen to look into my jacket pocket one day and noticed a penny that had the wheat symbol on it. I knew instantly that it had to be a special penny. I know it isn't worth much since it has been in circulation and I checked eBay and found that I could buy a dozen 1935 pennies for about $10.
So where is my lucky penny now? I now carry the penny in my FitBit belt clip. I don't want to accidentally spend or loose the penny. I feel that I am lucky that I took the time to look at the change I had in my pocket and notice
Why don't you check your pocket/coin basket and see what treasures you might find.