Beyond Words

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Friday Funny January 10, 2014

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So true!

Happy Friday everyone!

 

Thank YOU! January 9, 2014

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I have been so busy writing blogs pertaining to the new year that I’ve totally forgotten to say “thank you!”  Thank you for another great year of allowing me to share my words of wit and wisdom with you.  I am still amazed that so many of you have signed up to read my blogs via email (the easiest way to read it!) and that in 2013 “I Am Woman, I’m a Wordsmith” was read by at least one person in 55 countries, including more than 2,300 Americans!   Wow!  I am beyond overwhelmed!

 

As I mentioned in my New Year’s Resolution blog, now that I’m clearly fully committed to this writing endeavor that I started on a whim back in June of 2012, I am now committed to improving it.  I will work to make photo groupings and captions better and also hope to incorporate how to allow you to click on links that I write about.  Again, I’m open to any techie support I can get!

 

As a way of expanding my communications and inspirations with you and others, I am also now more active on Instagram (carlawordsmith) and on Twitter (Carla Smith.)  I’m finding both of them fun and am so grateful that I’ve had my college-aged daughter home for her Christmas break as she’s been a tremendous help and inspiration in improving my social media outlets.  Thank you Kristen!

 

I started writing this blog as a way of putting down all the many thoughts and ideas I forever have in my head while keeping my beloved writing skills up to par.   As a former journalist, I find that I am always interested in current events, interesting stories, and things that make you think.  As they say, “once a newsie, always a newsie.”   I’ve always loved magazines and so my blog has turned into what I consider my own little on-line magazine chalk-full of just about any subject matter.  What I’ve discovered along the way is that it has become one of my favorite hobbies, is truly a passion of mine, is a documented journey that one day I may look back on in awe, is so very cathartic for me, and has been a blessing in so many ways.

 

Finally, I want you to know how much I love hearing from you and hope to continue doing so.  Your comments always make my day an your words of encouragement keep me going; you have no idea!  Please continue to tell others to subscribe to my blog, to continue reading it on Facebook, and to continue feeding me ideas and input.

 

So, here’s to another year of blogging and another year of blessings.  May we enjoy them both together.

 

 

 

A Sale a Month January 8, 2014

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They say the only two things you can rely on in life are death and taxes. Well, so are certain sales. Below is a quick listing of what goes on sale using a calendar based shopping system, which could help you take of advantage of possible deep discounts throughout 2014. Happy shopping!

Calendar

 

January
Winter clothes and accessories, holiday decorations, appliances, furniture, linens, towels, swimwear, toys, TVs, exercise equipment

February
Jewelry, lingerie, air conditioners, electronics, computers, furniture, exercise equipment, mattresses, used cars.

March
Coats, boots, scarves, gloves, gardening tools, washers and dryers, cameras, small electronics, TVs, winter sports gear

April
Dresses and spring clothing, wedding gowns, cruises, vacations, wallpaper, paint, computers, lawn mowers

May
Summer clothes, sneakers, athletic gear, luggage, mattresses, outdoor furniture, televisions, camping and outdoor gear, carpeting, phones, small electronics

June
Electronics, summer sporting goods, mattresses, building materials, camcorders, carpeting, computers, furniture, swimwear

July
Furniture, bikes, mattresses, refrigerators, tires, air conditioners, electronics, outdoor furniture

August
Fall shoes and bags, school supplies, furniture, air conditioners, backpacks, dehumidifiers, outdoor furniture, snow blowers

September
Jackets and boots, cookware, dishes, fans, pool and patio supplies, tires, cars of that year, bikes, cameras, gas grills, lawn mowers, shrubs and trees

October
Winter clothing, fishing gear, new cars after the introduction of next year’s model, gas grills, lawn mowers, cameras, computers

November
Shoes, boys’ clothing, blankets, baby products, camcorders, GPS navigators, toys, TVs

December
Candles, bikes, camcorders, GPS navigators, home appliances, toys, TVs

 

Sunday Scripture January 5, 2014

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A scripture to remember all through the new year:

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. He will direct your path.” Prov. 3:5-6

May God make our year a happy one. Not by making our paths easy, but by making us sturdy to travel any path. Not by shielding us from all sorrows and pain, but by strengthening us to bear them as they come. Not by taking hardships from us, but by taking fear from our hearts. Not by making our lives always pleasant, but by showing us the many little blessings in our lives. Not by focusing on self-love, but by being there when those we love need us the most. Not by making us anxious, but by relying on God’s love, peace, hope, and joy for the year ahead.

 

Got a Light? January 4, 2014

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Have you gone shopping for light bulbs in the last three or four days? If you have, you’ve discovered that finding old favorite incandescent bulbs is nearly impossible. That’s because January 1, 2014 began the phase out of standard 40 and 60-watt bulbs…you know the kind we’ve all used for centuries and that Thomas Edison invented?

 

Why the change? It’s all part of the federal government’s new lighting standards that were part of 2007’s Energy Independence and Security Act. Step one was enacted in 2012 when 100-watt bulbs were eliminated, followed by their 75-watt cousins. Basically it means familiar, general-service bulbs can no longer be made in or imported into the U.S. Incandescent bulbs are not banned, so to speak, but they are required to be more energy-efficient. Some incandescents are even exempt from the new legislation, including three-way bulbs and narrow candelabra-based bulbs. I don’t know about you, but I don’t like any of the “new” bulbs and I’ve stocked up on my favorite “vintage” bulbs.

 

Still, sometimes you can’t fight change. Our options now are either fluorescent, LED, or halogen bulbs. It all gets very confusing, so here’s the skinny on each:

 

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Incandescent, CFL, LED bulbs

 

Compact fluorescent light bulbs, or CFLs, last long, are energy efficient and relatively inexpensive, but they have features man people don’t like. First of all, they contain mercury, raising concerns about breakage and disposal; they are ugly (squiggly just doesn’t cut it!); they take forever to light up; they cast an unflattering and harsh light; and they don’t fit clip-on shades.

 

LED bulbs work through light-emitting diodes. They last for decades, use even less energy than CFLs, but can be fairly expensive. If you have high ceilings and dread light bulbs going out though, find one of these you can live with.

 

Halogen bulbs are most like incandescent faves but they don’t save as much energy or last as long as CFLs and LEDs. They are your best bet if you’re really fighting the change.

 

All this was enacted to reduce the amount of energy needed to power American homes and businesses. They’ve done that, but in the meantime consumers are confused and unhappy. Buying a light bulb today often requires more time, more attention, and more money.

 

It’s not surprising then that consumers have overwhelmingly rejected the new bulbs. Nationwide, incandescent and halogen bulbs still accounted for roughly 75 percent of sales in 2013. Buyers don’t like the confusing varieties and they certainly don’t like spending $30 for a light bulb, like some LEDs can cost, which is probably why they account for a measly 1 percent of bulbs in American homes.

 

So, what should you do and what bulb should you chose? Consider these tips:

 

Read the Lighting Facts label that is on every package of light bulbs. It looks a lot like Nutrition Facts labels on food items and will give you the information you can use to compare different bulbs. Also read all packaging to determine if the bulbs are dimmable, can be used outdoors, fit an enclosed fixture, and other specific uses you might be in need of. The days of just buying one style of light bulb and using it everywhere are long gone. Different bulbs today have different uses.

 

Be familiar with all the new lighting lingo like “lumens” and “Kelvins.”
Lumens basically means the bulb’s brightness. Here’s a comparison to incandescent bulbs:
450 lumens = 40 watts
800 lumens = 60 watts
1,100 lumens = 75-watts
1,600 lumens = 100 watts.

 

“Kelvin” is the scale used to measure the color temperature. You prefer the warm style of lighting incandescents offer, look for a color temperature of 2,700 Kelvin. The higher the Kelvin number, the cooler…and whiter…the light will be.

 

It’s also recommended that you look for the Energy Star logo when buying CFL or LED bulbs. This stamp indicates they meet certain quality standards and are backed by warranties.

 

I know it’s all for the good and that energy savings is vital in today’s ever expanding populous world, but I’m still hoping for a light at the end of this tunnel that’s much more like my favorite 60-watters.

 

Friday Funny January 3, 2014

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Happy 2014! January 1, 2014

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