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Commonly Known and Lesser Known Hypothyroid Symptoms

When hypothyroidism begins, several things happen, usually gradually. The first is lack of energy and ambition. You just seem to lose desire for activities you’ve enjoyed in the past. You feel unusually tired and apathetic, but can’t figure out why. You begin to crave carbs and begin to snack regularly. This is your body’s way of trying to stay awake. You’ll try not to give into it, and when you can’t fight the cravings, you set yourself up for horrible eating habits and weight gain that are difficult to reverse. You might already be taking some thyroid supplements, but they’re obviously not enough. Warning: if you are taking prescribed thyroid medication for underactive thyroid, do not add kelp as it will raise your blood pressure to frightening and dangerous levels. I learned this the hard way.

I have been a hypothyroid sufferer for 30 years. I was originally diagnosed by an old-fashioned European doctor. He was a gem. Then I had to switch to a modern, young South African doctor with a large and fragile ego, who knew nothing about thyroid glands but based everything on blood tests, which he didn’t really understand. As a person with hypothyroidism, it is hard to get any respect from the medical community. General practitioners and endocrinologists alike seem to know and care little about people suffering from hypothyroidism. Their “gold standard” is the TSH test, and most of them use the old standards of readings between .6 and 6 instead of the new readings of .3 and 3 that the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists adopted in 2003. These new readings allow more people (it’s mostly women, particularly those who are middle-aged, who suffer from hypothyroidism) to be diagnosed and treated. Too bad the professionals that we trust to look after our health don’t seem to know or care that the standards have changed. Endocrinologists, by and large, specialize in diabetes. This is where their primary interest seems to lie. The first endocrinologist I was referred to told me that she doubted I’d ever been hypothyroid and that my thyroid gland was habituated to being overstimulated. She was so wrong! Then I was referred to another endocrinologist who misdiagnosed my thyroid virus for Grave’s Disease (overactive thyroid.) The medication she prescribed raised my TSH to about 22. When I stopped taking that medication, my TSH dropped to 4.7. She told me my 4.7 TSH reading was now normal. It clearly wasn’t normal for me because I still had hypothyroid symptoms. Consider that normal or average clothing sizes could be between 6 and 14, and that you fall into this category. How many of these sizes will fit? If a size 10 fits you, why would you wear a size 14? TSH is much like that. You have to find the number that fits YOU. When you have been told for the nth time that your TSH is in the normal range, read these symptoms, most of which are commonly known, but some of which aren’t.

1. Fatigue. This is not the same as tired. This refers to falling asleep at work, during conversations, as soon as you get into a vehicle. You can’t stay awake. You need at least 10 hours sleep at night, but within a couple of hours of waking up, you begin to battle to stay awake. You nod off during conversations, which you can’t focus on anyway. You avoid socializing in the evening because you can’t stay awake.

2. Sluggishness. You move slowly physically, but even your brain is slow. Your thought processes don’t work properly.

3. Increased sensitivity to cold. Summer’s not too bad, but in the winter, there is no way to get warm or stay warm. You wear extra layers and surround yourself with space heaters. It helps, but you’re still cold.

4. Constipation. You drink lots of water and eat next to nothing, but your body processes everything slowly. Constipation follows.

5. Pale, dry skin. Skin color is pasty-looking, and skin is always dry, no matter what kind of lotion you use. My heels were so rough that every day they chewed through my socks even though I filed the roughness away daily and used foot balm.

6. A puffy face.

7. Hoarse voice. Your voice takes on a gravel-like quality at times.

8. Elevated cholesterol level.

9. Weight gain that makes no sense. You’re too tired to eat, but gain weight anyway.

10. Muscle aches, tenderness and stiffness. Flexibility and mobility are gone. You move like a lead weight. If you crouch or kneel, you can hardly get up again, and it hurts to crouch or kneel anyway. Even bending down is difficult and painful, for instance, trying to reach for something you dropped under a desk.

11. Pain, stiffness or swelling in your joints. Or all of them. Any sprain you’ve had begins to hurt again. Hips, fingers, ankles ache and don’t bend properly and contribute to your moving like a lead weight.

12. Muscle weakness. You can barely walk. Walking is slow and tiring. When I brushed my teeth, I had to put my arm down and rest at least 2 to 3 times to finish brushing my teeth. You fall into chairs as opposed to sitting down, and it’s a struggle to get back into a standing position from sitting. Getting out of a car is difficult, and getting into a pickup truck a little higher off the ground is equally difficult.

13. Heavier than normal menstrual periods. By now I don’t have those any more, but when I did, I all but hemorrhaged for at least four days out of the seven or eight that my period lasted. I had to put plastic on my mattress because I would wake up during the night having bled through and past the tampon, and leave a blood trail down the hall to the bathroom. Wasn’t fun.

14. Brittle fingernails and hair. Hair is dry, brittle and unhealthy looking. Nails can’t be grown long without breaking.

15. Depression. No need to elaborate.

16. Muscle cramps. You develop cramps in muscles from head to foot. Fingers, forearms, back, abdomen, legs. These cramps happen numerous times during the day and for no logical reason. My arms, hands and fingers cramped up when I cut up meat to eat.

17. Hair loss. It’s not just the hair on your head, although that thins out a lot. It also affects pubic hair and underarm hair. That can all but vanish. Eyebrows also fall out, particularly the outside corners.

18. Sinus infections. You have recurring sinus infections even though you have never had a history of sinus problems.

19. Snoring. You begin to snore even though you’ve never had a snoring problem in the past.

20. Craving for carbohydrates. You begin to crave chips, chocolate, candy, baked goods and anything with sugar. Your body is trying to stay awake and carbohydrates provide quick energy. Doesn’t help with keeping the weight down either.

21. Irritability. Little things set you off and enrage you. Everything becomes personal and you get angry enough to want to physically harm the offender.

22. Edema. You retain water. You look puffy and blubbery, particularly in the abdominal area. Makes you short of breath when you exert yourself – even going for a walk can leave you breathless.

23. Forgetfulness. You become sharp as a bowling ball. You try to commit something to memory, but your brain is a sieve.

24. Slow heart rate. Your resting pulse can drop below 60 beats per minute.

25. Low body temperature. My temperature was consistently between 35.8 to 36.2 C, which also explains why you feel cold.

26. Painful intercourse. Having sex hurts, and add to that, you wind up with muscle cramps from the waist down.

27. Light sensitivity. Your eyes can become unusually sensitive to sunlight.

My advice? Shop around for a doctor who is willing to learn together with you about thyroid problems. General Practitioners are generally more reasonable to deal with because they have no learned bias where thyroid is concerned. My GP told me the 4.7 was too high and told me to take 50 mcg of thyroid supplement. I took 100 mcg. My TSH dropped to 1.9. She was happy with that but I wasn’t. I still didn’t feel right, and remember that only YOU know how you should feel. Remember what I said about the clothing sizes? I took another 25 mcg and the TSH dropped to .5. She used the standard of .4 to 4, so she was still happy and I was too. I finally felt normal again. Don’t let doctors bully you into believing that diet, exercise and/or antidepressants will cure what ails you when you know that isn’t the problem. Shop around for a doctor who will listen to you and work with you. Google “Mary Shomon”. She is a great source of good and useful information and advice on thyroid issues. There is hope and there is help. It’s just a matter of finding them.

Source by Christine Wiebe

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The Short History of the Chickering Brothers Piano Company

The Chickering brothers, out of Chicago, was a short lived piano making company from the early 1900’s. Even though they were in business for such a short time, they made up for it by creating one of the best pianos ever made, in my opinion, called -The Acoustigrande.

The patent reveals that they changed the angle of the spine of the piano to create a larger soundboard in width. The magic was that it didn’t look bigger.

Chickering Brothers, which should not be confused with the Chickering & Sons Piano Company from Boston. The Chickerings from both firms were related to one another, and Clifford Chickering had even worked at the Chickering and Sons factory for seven years, before starting his own firm.

He was called upon to finish a drawing that Frank Chickering (Uncle and owner of Chickering & Sons) was working on before his death. Clifford incorporated a couple of innovations into the drawing that resulted in the Acoustigrande.

Besides width, it also features a new way of tapering the rim to match the tapering of the soundboard to improve the tone.

Clifford became very skilled in piano acoustics, and he decides to branch out onto his own and he move to Chicago with his brothers.

Tragedy after next befalls Clifford, his brother Fred dies, then Wallace too, and at the same time the city of Chicago condemns the Chickering building for street widening. All while fighting with his uncles firm over use of the Chickering Name in relation to piano making.

He ends up selling his company to Ampico and also ends up returning to Chickering and Sons to become their Vice President.

Clifford was a major force in keeping the Chickering and Sons Piano Company going strong after Frank Chickering died. But due to economic conditions of the oncoming of World War 1 the firm calls it quits in 1908 selling to Ampico. Ampico took good advantage of the use and rights of the Chickering name but the pianos were a less expensive version. I have also seen a Chickering Brothers piano produced by Ampico and this too was a very inexpensive version, and not worthy of the original design

If you ever come across, or own an Original Chickering Brothers piano, please know that it was a very special design and is very much worth restoring.

It is one of the few pianos from the past that I have come across that was better than most pianos made today.

Source by Chris Chernobieff

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Culture and Website Localization

Culture and Website Localization

With the rise in ownership of computers and internet usage growing daily, the internet is fast becoming the primary port of call for information, shopping and services. In addition, those computer and internet users are increasingly from non-English speaking countries. At the end of 2002, it was estimated that 32% of internet users were non-native English speakers. This figure is constantly rising. In response, businesses have quickly become aware of the benefits of website localization.

Website localization is the process of modifying an existing website to make it accessible, usable and culturally capable to a target audience. Website localization is a multi-layered process requiring both programming expertise and linguistic / cultural knowledge. If either is missing, the chances are that a localization project will encounter problems.

In the majority of cases it is the lack of linguistic and cultural input that lets a website localization project down. In order to give an insight into the impact culture has on website localization the following examples depict areas in which a solid understanding of the target culture is necessary.

Language in Website Localization

Translating a website from English into another language is not as simple as it may appear. There are numerous factors that have to be taken into consideration when translating a websites' content. Do all the words, phrases, sayings and metaphors translate directly to the target language? Would it be wise to translate the phrase "everyman for himself" in text describing a company or product if this is going to be read by a highly collectivist culture? Does the content of your website use humor and if so will the target culture appreciate or even understand it? Native alternatives should always be taken and used in any website localization.

When translating into another language carefully consider the variants. If it is to be an Arabic website then is aimed at Tunisians or Iraqis, Egyptians or Yemenis? If you are targeting all Arabic speakers then ensure Modern Standard Arabic has been employed by your translator.

One must analyze the style of the language and the target audience. If the audience is foreign business personnel, the vocabulary, grammar and punctuation must reflect this. If the audience is informal or you are orientated then a more relaxed language must used. Just as we in the UK would identify the difference between a site using 'posh English' and 'street English', other cultures will have the same perceptions of language. Using the wrong language for the wrong reader in your localization project will lead to a misunderstanding of the site or company.

It is essential to assess what information is necessary to carry over into the new site. Do not assume that all information on the English site is automatically transferred over. One must evaluate the target culture and society. Is it a culture that relations on information rich writing to fully understand a concept or product or is a culture that concerns more on images or one that needs little text to grasp ideas and concepts? If your English site employs a lot of technical language then consider how best to transfer these concepts without the use of language.

Pictures in Website Localization

Images carry many subsection cultural messages within them. These can speak volumes about your company or product. Pictures or images may have certain negative connotations that may repel viewers. This is now an area that thankfully is receiving attention in website localization.

For example, if a travel site in a Muslim populated country used pictures of scantily clad women in bikinis, disco dancing and beer drinking, the chances are that they would not be very successful.
When including pictures of personnel it is wise to tailor these to what the target audience will look positively upon. A picture of the Director behind a desk in an office will be fine for a seniority respecting society, but for an egalitarian society it is better to show the Director mixing with staff.

It is through pictures that websites can either refer to an audience or repel them.

Symbols in Website Localization

As with pictures, symbols can cause problems in localization. Icons using fingers such as an OK sign or V-sign may mean different things to different cultures. Our Western symbols do not always mean the same abroad. An ofc cited example is the representation of the house referring to a home page, or a letterbox to mail. The use of animals in logos can cause embarrassment and further problems. For example, pigs are considered unclean in the Middle East and cows as holy in India.

Colors in Website Localization

Colors are also loaded with cultural meanings that need to be analyzed in website localization. Choosing the wrong color for your logo or background will not always have catastrophic consequences, but avoiding them is always advisable.For example, in Japan white is commonly associated with mourning. In China red is auspicious. In Africa certain colors represent different tribes.

Navigation in Website Localization

It is even the most taken for granted aspects of website layout that must be analyzed properly for a successful localization project. In the West we assume that how we present websites is how it naturally should be done. This is far from the truth.

A common problem experienced in localization is the effect on layout through translation. Foreign scripts can make your pages need more room or less room depending on the target language in the localization. Not all languages ​​read from left to right. Arabic is from right to left and both Japanese and Chinese are from top to bottom.

Access to certain pages is also a factor that can be considered as relevant. Highly hierarchical cultures may view a site positively if it is 'member only' access, whereas an egalitarian culture may find it disagreeable.

Content in Website Localization

Examining your written content in any localization process in critical to its success. This is not only important for proper transfer of aspects such as dates, currencies, and units of measurement but for the presenting the correct image.

For example, will the site focus on a product or a company? Both bring with them certain considerations depend on the target culture. If a company is marketing itself in a culture that respects seniority and hierarchy, readers will want to see information on senior members. Along with their titles and rank they will also want to evaluate them through information on their professional qualifications, experience and contacts. These areas in the UK may generally be avoided as in our culture it is bordering on self-indulgence and reflecting.


Culture affects everything we do, say, read, hear and think and even websites can not escape the influence of culture.

The impact of culture on website localization is huge. The few few examples are literally the tip of the iceberg. The number of variables that have to be taken into consideration requires the expertise of both a website designer along with a cross cultural communications consultant. In tandem they can identify the issues that will impact on the successful localization of a site.

At a time where the internet is entering more and more houses it is crucial that companies involved in the internationalization of their business consider website localization and take care to use effective cross cultural analysis.

Source by Neil Payne

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Plotting Problems – Episodic Writing

The rejection letter says: “Your story, on the surface, appears to be well-told and has appealing characters. However, the writing is episodic; the story lacks direction.”

You frown. Huh? The story lacks direction? How could it? Your main character is on a quest; how much more of a direction could you have than that?

Clearly, this editor doesn’t know what she’s talking about. Oh well. It takes all types… you bundle up your manuscript and send it out to the next publisher.

Six rejections later, you feel more than a bit miffed. This is a good story; everyone in your writing group says so. Your writing style is smooth and accomplished (even a few editors have said that).

So why the heck do they keep rejecting it? It’s something to do with the plot; that much is clear. But what?

If you’re lucky enough to get feedback, look for clues in the comments that have been made. The moment you see the word ‘episodic’, that is the biggest and best clue you could have. Not all editors will use this term. They might say things like ‘what is the story question?’ or ‘the character has no clear-cut goal’ or ‘there is no character growth’. All of these things can point to your story being episodic.

1. What Does “Episodic” Mean?

If someone tells you that your story is ‘episodic’, they mean that your story is a series of episodes, or events, that are very loosely tied together. The “events” crop up one after the other as a way of entertaining the reader, but there is little character growth between one episode and the next. Nor can we easily see how one event grows out of the one before.

Some examples of how a story may be episodic:

(a) The “Little Tommy had never had such an exciting day!” theme:

FIRST: A child starts out in a normal/boring situation. Then something happens to change things. (A child might find a doorway into a magic kingdom, go on a balloon ride, go to stay on the grandparents’ farm etc etc)

SECOND: The child sees a series of amazing sights/takes part in various fun activities/experiences several hair-raising incidents.

THIRD: The child says “What a lovely day I’ve had. I’ll keep this fairy land a secret, but I’ll keep going back to have more fun with my new friends!” (Or: “Phew. I’m glad that’s over. I’m so happy to be back home!”)

What’s wrong with this? There is no plot. Just a bunch of ‘stuff’ that happens to fill in time.

(b) The “Fantasy Trap”

FIRST: The main character is drawn into a different world or discovers that he/she is ‘the chosen one’.

SECOND: This character is presented with a ‘quest’ to prove his worthiness to take up the mantle of the Chosen One. (He might have to free a character/being from enchantment or imprisonment, OR to learn to use the magic that is buried deep within, OR to right a great wrong etc etc.)

THIRD: The character sets off on his quest. On the way he is faced with one challenge after another (Menacing Fantasy Creature #1, the Hypnotic Field of Flowers, the Dreadful Sucking Swamp, the Shape-Changer, Menacing Fantasy Creature #2, the Dark and Deadly Forest, the Awful Abyss, the Mountain of Sorrows, Menacing Fantasy Creature #3 and so on and so on…)

FOURTH: The character overcomes each obstacle in turn. He finally frees the imprisoned Queen or finds the Sword of Destiny or whatever. He saves the land from annihilation or closes the door between two worlds and keeps evil at bay for another 1000 years.

Yawn. Another cliched fantasy novel ends.

Now, before you indignantly start to point out the many classic (and popular) fantasy novels that fit into the above formula, let me point out why some books work and some don’t (even though they appear to have the same ‘ingredients’). This applies to any genre.

1. The character is reactive rather than proactive.

In other words, he spends the book stumbling from one obstacle to another, reacting to whatever crops up. He doesn’t sit down and formulate a clear plan of action. Quite often, other characters guide the outcome.

2. There is no story question.

The ‘story question’ is the question that is aroused in the reader’s mind at the beginning of the story: “Will the guy get the girl?”; “Will Mary succeed in taking over the firm?”; “Will Xanor take his rightful place as Head of the Galaxy Alien Committee?”; “Will Laura track down the serial killer before she becomes the next victim?”; “How will Toby find his way back from the Land of Giants?” and so on.

You can see why ‘Little Tommy’s Exciting Day’ type of story doesn’t succeed. Tommy doesn’t set out to do anything or solve a problem (other than being bored) and is faced with no challenges along the way. Stuff just happens.

Any book needs to answer the story question, but it must be more than a simple yes or no. It must show HOW the main character achieved his goal, and it must show how the character grows and changes as he pursues his goal. He needs to have a plan of action. Inevitably, he will need to adapt to circumstances – but with each new obstacle, the main character must (1) react; (2) evaluate the plan and make necessary changes, THEN (3) move forward. In most episodic stories, the character simply reacts then moves forward to the next obstacle WITHOUT making further plans. Quite often, older/wiser/stronger secondary characters will decide on the next step for him. Not a good idea! This gives you a weak main character.

3. The reactive character does not operate from his strengths.

He magically finds new skills when needed, rather than possessing them beforehand. He overcomes each obstacle by luck, intervention by someone else, or an amazing new talent that comes as a surprise to him.

2. What You Can Do to Save An Episodic Story

  1. Give your character a goal. e.g. “Mary is forced to leave her child behind. She is determined to come back for him.” Then begin the plan of action. (Mary’s first step is…??? What further action does she plan?)
  2. Give your character significant strengths and some weaknesses. These strengths and weaknesses will determine her plan of attack and ultimately reveal the flaws in that plan.
  3. Decide on the obstacles that the character will encounter on her way to the goal.
  4. Decide how your character will react to these obstacles and how this will affect her plan of action. Her reaction should be governed by her strengths and weaknesses as well as by circumstances. She will either overcome obstacles, go around them, or turn them into opportunities. Each setback will require a new plan of attack. Each triumph will determine the next step. Other people can help, but make sure your protagonist makes most of the significant breakthroughs.
  5. Check every scene to make sure it moves the story forward. How will the scene affect the character’s growth and the eventual outcome? Is she moving closer to achieving her goal? Has she earned her success? How does each scene relate to the initial story question?
  6. Make sure each scene flows logically from the one before.

If you can see that your story IS episodic, then take the time to work out just what it needs. You may be able to fix the plot with minimal rewrites, but that’s unlikely. By having your main character make more decisions, you could easily find that he would have chosen a different direction. That’s probably a good thing… you’ve discovered that you’ve been more of a puppet master than a wise author who lets her characters learn by their mistakes.

Grit your teeth and get to work. After you’ve diagnosed an episodic plot, then operated on it, you’re going to be a much better writer.

(c) copyright Marg McAlister

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Ten Tips For Caring For Your Peacock Orchids

Peacock Orchids, known botanically and sold as “Acidanthera”, are a rather rare sight in gardens yet are some of the most enticingly fragrant flowers one can plant. Their elegant white petals and maroon-to-purple throat are highly appealing to experienced and novice gardeners alike.

Acidanthera are very easy to care for, ergo their low maintenance is particularly appealing to people who would like to plant beautiful, fragrant flowers but don’t have a lot of time to care for them.

It’s important to note that this flower is not an orchid, rather it’s related to gladiolus and iris.

Of course it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with Peacock Orchids’ growing requirements and visual advantages.  When you look at your Acidanthera after you’ve cultivated them once or twice you’ll know if something is wrong, whether they’re ‘complaining’ of too-wet soil, or their need for lots of sun is not being met.

1. Make sure the soil you plant your Acidanthera in soil that drains well enough so that the flowers’ roots (or the bulbs upon planting) do not rest in water.  Peacock Orchids hate standing water!

Also make sure the soil is at least 4 inches deep to allow for root growth.

2.  Your Peacock Orchids will thrive in the sunniest location you can provide for them.  The sun need not shine 16 hours a day, but the more sun the more fragrant the flowers will become.  Partial shade is fine, however!  With Acidanthera you can bring on the heat!

3. Do not put your Peacock Orchids with other fragrant flowers such as lilies. They are fragrant but you do not want the wonderfully clean fragrance to clash with other smells in the garden. Acidanthera can be paired with low-growing foliage such as hostas, as the stems reach 2-3ft and droop lovingly over their lower growing underbrush.

4. Use tweezers or another small instrument to keep weeds and other invading roots/plants from moving in on your fragrant Peacock Orchids.  You don’t want to allow your fragrant Acidanthera to be stunted in any way.

5. The soil PH of your Peacock Orchids should be acidic to neutral (clay is fine!).  You can get a PH soil testing kit from numerous gardening stores or online, ask your garden expert to recommend any substances needed to bring your soil’s PH into line if required.

6. Keep your Peacock Orchids away from strong winds if possible.  Protection from the wind is handily achieved by planting the fragrant flowers in bunches of at least 5, and preferably 10 at a minimum.  Acidanthera is definitely a group flower!

7. Your Peacock Orchids are perfect for planting in between rocks as a wonderful visual and scented display, and they can also be grown against heat-reflecting walls.

8. Don’t worry about deer gobbling up your Acidanthera, these wonderful, fragrant white flowers are known to be deer-resistant, as well as rabbit resistant.

9. Remember that your Peacock Orchids, while requiring virtually no care, are a living, breathing creation. So follow the simple guidelines laid out above and you’ll be rewarded by several weeks of lovely, scented blooms 2.5-3 months after planting.

10. Enjoy your Acidanthera with both eyes and nose!

That’s it! These ten tips for cultivating your Peacock Orchids will have you well on your way to growing healthy, sensual flowers that’ll have your neighbors enthusiastically looking (and smelling) on.

Internet Fragrant Flower Groups or library books can be a great source of information should you want to learn more about your fragrant friend!

Source by James Wesneski

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Small Bathroom – Decorating Tips

Small bathrooms have their own challenges when it comes to decorating. The design layout for a small bathroom is the first challenge. Space is limited, so you cannot use it lavishly. Very small bathroom design calls for small furnishings, and few of them.

Small bathrooms demand decorating tips that differ from those for larger rooms. Decorating ideas for a small bathroom need not be limited to miniaturized versions of those for large bathroom, though. Consider the following small bathroom decorating tips.

Small Bathroom Decorating Tips

If you are remodeling a small bathroom, these small bathroom decorating tips will help you make the most of your space. Take time to plan before you begin remodeling or redecorating. Layout and decorating ideas are important and simple plans are needed to make them work well.

1. Floor: Use large, light-colored tile on the floor. White or very light beige or gray floor will give a small bathroom the illusion of space.

2. Walls: Choose light colors for the walls. They need not be white or beige, but dark colors in a small bathroom will make the walls “close in” on you.

3. Sinks: Look for small, wall mounted sinks without vanities. These permit more of your floor to show. More visible floor space makes a small bathroom appear larger.

4. Cabinets: Choose cabinets that can be set into the wall. Cabinet doors or open shelves should be flush with the wall surface. Smooth, unbroken wall surfaces make a small bathroom appear longer and wider. Any cabinet doors should be painted to match the wall color.

5. Mirrors: Hang large mirrors. Mirrors reflect space, and make a small bathroom seem nearly double the size. Consider a large mirror above the sink, and one or more additional mirrors.

6. Bathtub: Your small bathroom may have a bathtub. Replacing it with a clear-glass-door shower stall will free space. Or choose a small, extra deep Japanese style bathtub. This comes in a near-square that frees space beside the tub for your wall sink. The tub is large enough for small children. Older children and adults can use as a soaking tub. Add a shower and curtain for rush times.

7. Accessories: RV suppliers sell great accessories for small bathrooms. Over-the-door towel bars hold multiple towels in a small space. Tissue box holders in clear acrylic mount on the wall, as do toothbrush and tumbler holders. Make a checklist of what is used in the small bathrooms of RV’s.

8. Pictures and Plants: One of the most important small bathroom decorating tips is to use pictures and plants. Photos or prints mounted in “floating” clear frames can establish a decorating theme for a small bathroom. Two or three pictures of sandpipers on a beach, for example, can establish the use of sandy beige on the walls. Towels can be sandy beige with a border of marine blue. A shower curtain can carry through the theme. A green plant, live or silk, can be hung in a corner. Use a light-colored basket for an airy look.

Tips for Organizing Bathroom Cabinets

These tips for organizing bathroom cabinets will help keep your small bathroom looking great.

Reduce clutter by reducing container size. Shampoo, lotions, etc. are more economical in large sizes, but do not put them in your cabinet that way. Invest in small travel-sized bottles. Small bottles take less space, and are easier to handle. Fill with lotions and shampoos, and arrange in small bathroom cabinets. Store larger containers elsewhere.

Alternatively, attach a soap-shampoo-conditioner dispenser to the bath/shower wall. This frees the small bathroom cabinet of several items.

Store cotton swabs and cotton balls in small stacking containers with lids. For multiple lipsticks, use a holder – some offer up to 24 compartments.

As noted above, online RV suppliers offer solutions and tips for organizing bathroom cabinets.

Source by Anna Hart

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Paint Color Ideas For A Living Room

The single choice of paint color will change the entire atmosphere of your living room. To find the perfect color for your home, start by deciding what you want the room to feel like.

Making the choice of what color to paint your living room can be difficult because of the myriad of colors available at every paint store. Don’t start out trying to pick the right color and the exact shade. Break down the decision process and begin by looking at the big picture. Try to decide what you want the room to feel like. If you want the room to be peaceful and relaxing, think of light, natural colors, such as soft whites, creams, beiges, sage greens and other earth tones that give you a soothing feeling. If you want a cheery room, pick cheery colors, such as bright white, yellow, warm pink or any color that feels sunshiny and happy. For an invigorating, classy room, choose warm, dark colors, from burnt orange to eggplant to chocolate. To make your living room cool and posh, pick stark black, white and cool blues.

No matter how light or dark or rich colors are, about half of them are warm and the other half are cool. You’ll be able to tell pretty easily which category each color falls into, but don’t get distracted from the way it will make the room feel by how pretty they are. Cool colors will give your living room a more impersonal, peaceful feel, while warm ones create an atmosphere of warmth, hospitality and excitement. Cool colors often coordinate with blue, and include pure white, black, gray, blue, all shades of purple, pink, and pastels. Warm colors have a closer relationship with gold, such as cream, brown, golden yellows, orange, orangey reds, and most greens.

One of the unique and often unnoticed qualities of color is that it can psychologically change the size of the room. Light colors make rooms feel bigger. This is why ceilings are often painted white, making them feel higher. Dark colors draw the walls of a room together, so people rarely paint rooms in very dark shades. If your living room is small, go with lighter shades. On the other hand, if you have a large living room, especially if it feels too big, a darker color can make it feel more homey and intimate.

No matter what shade of color you choose, the way to make it work is to put your efforts into creating balance. Unless you’re going for a monochromatic look, pick a wall color that contrasts with your furniture and decor. Balance is very important with dark paint colors. When a room has lots of windows, wide trim and light colored furniture, a dark color can be the best idea possible.

Don’t be afraid to pick a wild color. Take into consideration the way color affects the mental size of the room, get advice from friends and decorators and go with it! Keep a balance between bright or dark colors with light furniture and trim. Choose the atmosphere of the room first and select a color that achieves that atmosphere. You’ll make your living room a decorating success!

Source by George Samford

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She’s Not A Horse

He wondered if she had all her teeth. She seldom smiled, and when she did, she put her hand over her mouth. If he were at a horse auction, he could have had the seller or the auctioneer open the horse’s mouth so he could examine her teeth for himself, but since this was a social event, the only thing he could think of doing was to try to make her laugh.

He told some amusing stories and all she did was smile. Not a big smile, just a wee bit of a smile with a closed mouth to assure him that she understood the joke. Everyone else in the group laughed, so why didn’t she think it was funny enough to merit even a wide smile? He would have even settled for a little smile, but nothing was forthcoming.

Just as he was starting to get frustrated with his inability to make her smile, she stood up and moved over to another group. Now that really annoyed him. He had just wasted an hour of his time trying to find out if she had all her teeth, and she didn’t even excuse herself. She just stood up and went over to another group.

I’m glad I didn’t go into dentistry, he thought. Could you imagine having her as a patient? Open wide. No, you’ll have to open wider than that.

He wasn’t the kind of person to give up easily and he had determined that he was going to see if she had any teeth and if they were yellow or crooked, so he kept following her around the big ballroom keeping out of her line of vision but keeping her face in his sight. And all this time he kept asking himself why this fascination with her teeth.

She wasn’t all that pretty and her face was only somewhat symmetrical, but he couldn’t stop himself from wondering what her teeth looked like and what her face would look like if she smiled at him. He doubted if he would have even wanted to ask her on a date, he just wanted to see her smile.

About ten minutes later, a friend of his walked over to where he was standing and began to chat with him. He didn’t want to appear rude so he stood there for a couple of minutes, keeping the woman in his sights.

All of a sudden, the door opened and he saw the woman leaving the party. He made his excuses to his friend and rushed as fast as he could to reach the woman before she left the party. By the time he got to the door, walking as fast as the crowded ballroom would allow, all he could see of her was the back of her head and, to his dismay, he heard her laughing very loud, smiling at her friends as she drove off with them in their car, her head facing the opposite direction from where he was standing.

Source by Connie H Deutsch

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Nutritional Needs for Pekingese Dogs

Nutritional needs and Benefits of feeding Pekingese correctly

Pekingese dogs have specific nutritional needs. While choosing your dog’s diet, you must keep in mind its origin. The origin of this breed of dog lies in ancient China. So the nutrition you give your dog must have some connection with the Chinese animal food pattern. You can give your dog the best nutrition if you feed it with the diet to which its breed is used to rather than compelling your dog to adapt to a diet to which its system is unfamiliar. Pekingese are much more food sensitive when compared to other breeds of dogs and therefore it should be fed with correct food in correct proportion.

  1. Correct food would be absorbed in to your Pekingese’s system readily and your dog will be able to get the best nutrition from the food with which it is fed. Also if your Pekingese eats proper food, it will be less susceptible to stomach upsets, gas problems, obesity and so on.
  2. If your Pekingese eats correctly, the chances of its falling ill will lower and you will not have to spend much on frequent trips to Veterinarians.

What diet can give your dog the required nutritional needs

A Pekingese’s diet should include a proportionate blend of rice, corn, poultry, soy and beet. Try not to give your dog food items like avocados, oats, white potatoes, horse meat, chicken and beef. Also you must make sure that your Pekingese consumes high quality protein. Optimum protein can from food items like eggs, small birds, mice and rats. Occasionally you may give your dog pleasant surprises in the form of foods laden with yummy fillers and sugars. If you are cooking for your Pekingese, then you may also add a vitamin supplement to fulfill aptly all of your dog’s nutritional needs.

If your Pekingese is highly sensitive to food or is susceptible to allergies, make sure not to give it table scraps and you must also maintain consistency in its diet pattern. Lambs and rabbits are also well suited for the Pekingese who is prone to allergies. Thorough research about the proper food ratio is an essential requisite before chalking out the diet pattern for your Pekingese. Nowadays frozen raw dog food like dry kibbles is available in the market. These usually come with an appropriate carbohydrate-protein-vitamin/ mineral ratio. But again research before buying is necessary.

Nutritional needs and faulty nutrition disease

Wrong diet and faulty nutrition can make your Pekingese really diseased. Some symptoms which wrong diet can produce in your dog are:

  • Diarrhea
  • Constant itching
  • Constant snorting
  • Chewing of feet
  • Gas
  • Hot spots

Give it the right food and take pride in the health of your Pekingese. So this is all about the nutritional needs of your Pekingese.

Source by Milos Obrenovic

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