Saturday, September 22, 2018




‘Tis the Season to Leave Your Car Keys at Home

‘Tis the Season to Leave Your Car Keys at Home

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‘Tis the Season to Leave Your Car Keys at Home

As the winter months roll around, you can almost feel it in the air that the holidays are upon us. Soon we’ll be sprawled out on the couch after eating too much turkey, and soon thereafter, we’ll be up in the wee hours to watch everyone open their Christmas presents. Unfortunately, the holidays can also bring huge mistakes that, just like those extra eight pounds put on at Thanksgiving, won’t soon go away. Having a few drinks during the holidays can be all well and good, but it’s one of indulgences we’d be better off avoiding in the season of excesses.

Not Coming Home for Christmas

Drinking and driving can easily lead to missing out on great holiday events. Regardless of what old Saint Nick may want, jails and police officers don’t take the holidays off. This means that a person pulled over for drinking and driving will quickly wind up behind bars, and it’s a well-known fact that Santa Claus can’t find the chimneys on county jails.

Sadly, drunk driving can stop others from making it home for the holidays in much more tragic ways. Statistics show that there is a huge spike in DUI related deaths from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day. In fact, an average of 45 people are killed in alcohol-related crashes every day during this time of year. Sadly, these deaths spike on the dates of the holidays themselves, and Thanksgiving has the highest rate of deaths in the season.

Other Tidings of Unenthusiastic Joy

There’s no doubt that not getting home for the holidays or, even worse, stopping others from getting home is likely the harshest outcome of driving under the influence; but these disastrous outcomes aren’t the only consequences that can occur. Those arrested for drunk driving can face confiscation of their vehicle, mandatory ignition interlock devices and even expensive alcohol awareness classes.

One of the most unfavorable legal repercussions of getting a DUI, however, is the loss of a person’s license. Regardless of which state they live in, their license is likely to be revoked on the spot. This can prevent them from getting to and from work, which will make buying Christmas presents much more difficult. On top of that, they’ll have trouble figuring out how to get ‘out of the house’ after the holidays, without their driving privileges.

If You’re Too Drunk to Know You Are

There are a few steps that you can take to stay safe and avoid a criminal charge during the holidays. The most important is to not drink and drive, and this holds true regardless of how much alcohol you have consumed. It’s important to remember that not everyone gets bright red Santa cheeks to show they are intoxicated – just a simple “buzz” is sometimes enough to be over the legal driving limit.

If the family will be enjoying drinks, it’s essential to ensure that there’s a designated driver if any transportation is planned after the festivities of the evening. Santa doesn’t have much traffic to worry about in his sleigh, and his reindeer are probably pretty good at steering, even if jolly old Saint Nick got too jolly. Unfortunately, nobody else has this advantage, so staying off the road while intoxicated is essential.

The attorneys at www.powmac.com suggest that drinking and driving is never a good idea, but during the holidays when people across the country are hitting the road for family gatherings, this regrettable act can prove especially tragic. Anyone who engages in this behavior will undoubtedly end up on Santa’s ‘Naughty List’ for years to come. What they should be truly worried about, however, is being on the State Police’s list. Unless a person’s Christmas wish list includes an ignition interlock device and donations to their inflated insurance premium fund, it’s best for them to steer clear of the driver’s seat when intoxicated.

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Start Of The Football Season – How To Keep Your Pitch Perfect All Season

Start Of The Football Season – How To Keep Your Pitch Perfect All Season

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Finally it is that time of year you’ve been not so patiently looking forward to: football is back! One of the most important behind the scenes roles of each match is that of the groundskeeper. Keeping the pitch healthy and green is essential for both team’s performance and stealth. Here are a few tips and tricks to keeping your lawn pitch perfect. So that when you aren’t cheering on your team you can star in your own premier league final in your back garden!

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Monitor your Mowing

Lawns should be kept at roughly 3 to 4 inches long all year round. Adjust your lawn mower so that you don’t cut off too much as this discourages growth. There are certain times of the year when you should alter the amount of times you cut your grass per month. You will need to mow more frequently during the spring months as this is when grass grows at its fastest rate. Growing slows during summer and autumn so frequent mowing will be less necessary. Mowing is largely at your own discretion so all you need to do is keep an eye on the length of your grass and mow when it appears to be longer than 6 inches. Make sure you sharpen the blades of your lawnmower on a bi-monthly basis to ensure a consistent cut. Blunted lawnmower blades with cut your grass unevenly and roughly, which could lead to browning in patches on your lawn. As premier league teams need to maintain their equipment so do you.

Keep it Fertile

All flora needs a form of fertilisation in order to thrive and grow healthily. Grass is no exception to this rule. Opinion differs greatly as to when to fertilise and what type to use. A good rule of thumb is to decide what you want to achieve when you fertilise. If you want your lawn to grow quickly and abundantly then you should fertilise frequently using a fast action fertiliser. The main problem with this approach is that, although your lawn will grow quickly it will not be as healthy as it could be. Making plants grow quicker than their natural rate can cause a weakening to them and make them brittle. Grass that has been forced to grow faster is more likely to suffer during hot spells in the summer. Therefore if you opt for a slow acting fertiliser it will encourage your lawn to grow at its natural rate and make it stronger and healthier. It is also advisable that you only fertilise your grass once a year during the cooler months. Early spring and late autumn are the best times of the year for grass fertilisation.

Keep it Hydrated

All plants need water in order to grow. Grass is at its best when it gets at least one inch of rain per week, during the hot summer months this doesn’t always happen. The best thing you can do is to water your lawn on extremely hot and sunny days. Make sure you water the grass when the sun isn’t at its fullest. Early morning or late evening is the ideal time depending on when you are free to do it.

Corinne Kemp – Lifestyle and Product Writer for Grassform

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The Flowers of the Spring Season

The Flowers of the Spring Season

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What is your favorite spring flower? What evocate spring in me is a crocus. It is not the color and different species of this little beautiful flower only but the way it attracts honey bees to it. There are about 80 species of crocus family.

A crocus is a plant of the iris family with cup-shaped blooms in shades of yellow, white, purple, and lavender or combination, which I like the most. Crocus has green leaves surrounding the flower with white stripe in the center.

Other spiring flowers are beautiful too, including the most famous white snowdrop.

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