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For as long as I can remember, the Dept of Public Works would use ground salt to melt the surrounding snow and ice during the winter season. It usually helps but the after-effect would be dealing with salt residues around which can be a challenge for both pedestrians and motorists.

Nowadays, I noticed that they use liquid salt which do not leave any salt residue around. Frankly, I find this less bothersome when I hit the streets. A great amount of ice and snow would have already melted and the roads and pavements would become quite passable as a result.

Kudos for whoever thought of this!

Josie

I’m very aware that it already happened in the U.S. when all TV sets must go digital in their cable channels from the analog versions. Things take a while in Canada for that to happen but it finally did.

After initial announcements 2 years ago regarding this, my subscribing cable company is finally going to do it on Feb. 18,2013 as the ultimate deadline.  By that time, all those subscribers with tube TVs, LCD and plasma TVs have to have a digital adapter attached to it so as to continue getting streamlined cable channels but in digital form. Also, in addition to that, all those TVs aforementioned have no attached cable box , meaning no subscription to extra fancy cable package,just basic cable.

I got my  digital adapter and remote control set last month but only started to do it just now especially with the looming deadline ahead. They have already started in the Toronto area with regards to the digital switching  and it’s only a matter of time before they get to my city here. It can happen anytime this month or next month so it’s best to be prepared and not get caught off-guard in  case some of my cable TV channels suddenly disappear or get switched to other channels altogether.

I was so proud of myself(being somewhat mechanically challenged) that I was able to set up the digital adapter to my old tube-TV but the tricky part was deciphering its TV code so as to coordinate with the adapter and the TV set. Luckily, I didn’t have to go through it fully since it was clear that I needed to retain my old remote just to turn off and on my TV and use the new remote for all other cable TV functions. Reason was that my TV model was considered very old (12 yr model is considered old already?)

One thing for sure. If my old tube one day is no longer in service, the next TV will be one that I don’t have to put an adapter on. It’s similar to a pacemaker that you implant so as to regulate the heart rate. In this case, the adapter now controls the TV’s overall function.

With so many TV models out there(all flat TVs), nowadays, getting one at a good price should be an adventure unlike before when a few models were initially out and pricier too!

Just my 2 cents on this matter. Check with your local cable company regarding this if it’ll affect you too very soon.

Josie

Here in my neck of the woods, the Arctic blast still comes back from time to time. Just when you thought that it’s already warming up and the thaw starts after a snow fall, deep freezing temperatures would come back and all the unevaporated moisture around become ice sheets and other kind of formations.

Inspite of consistent salting, it can be very frustrating that this whole snow-thaw-ice cycle goes on and on.

As I had said in my previous blog 8-30-12  about making the most of life’s situations and making lemonade from lemons of life that we receive from time to time.

Well,apparently, I see around the city of numerous ice sheets being remodeled by enterprising folks into hockey or skating rinks for the kids who want to hone their hockey or skating skills.

Well, it looks like it’s a matter of making the most of this icy situation and turning it into an icy wonderland.

Enjoy it while we can,indeed!

Josie

With the frigid winter upon us, it’s very important that we be on the lookout for any flu/cold symptoms that may possibly come upon us.

Generally, both the flu and cold have similar symptoms like coughing,sneezing ,runny nose and sore throat. The differences lie with the fact that in flu symptoms, you also have aches and pains felt all over your body like headache and muscle aches. Add a fever to it and that more or less completes the picture.

Trying to avoid cold/flu symptoms would be a challenge since it involves a virus of the respiratory type which is invisible to the human eye and thrives on cold temperature.

The way to do this is through prevention. Keeping warm by wearing well-insulated and suitable winter clothing as well as avoiding big crowds as much as possible. Keeping distances from coughing and sneezing folks is another way but it would be very difficult if you happen to live with one under one roof. For those who need it unless they’re allergic to eggs, a flu shot is in order.

At the first sign of a cold, if you can, take a supplement like FX for example to help halt the progression of the symptoms. I had tried this before and my suffering ended fairly quickly after 3 days of coverage.

If unsuccessful, nature will have to take its course since there’s no known antibiotic for a virus as far as I know.

Drink a lot of fluids to stay hydrated,keep warm, take in orange juice for Vit C coverage, chicken noodle soup as a natural healing medium and plenty of rest to recharge your body.

Riding out the symptoms as well as this winter will be a challenge indeed.

Thank God , I haven’t had a cold yet this winter but I’ll be ready if it does happen.(Crossing my fingers)

Josie

Every 3rd Monday of January is considered a US national holiday because it commemorates the slain African-American civil rights activist Martin Luther King,Jr.

In Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” speech, he made indirect references that someday, the black race will achieve great status in US society and government but that it probably wouldn’t happen in his lifetime.

It would be interesting to wonder what Dr. King would say if he was able to witness President Barack Obama’s presidential inauguration, not only once but twice considering that President Obama is the first African-American to hold the office of the US Presidency.

And to think that the 2nd inauguration would occur on MLK day didn’t escape President Obama’s notice since he took the oath of office on both the bibles of Dr. King and the late US President Abraham Lincoln.

The late President Lincoln was known as someone who qorked with numerous political parties so as to work on his political agendas. On a side note too was the fact that he emancipated the black slaves.
Such parallel symbolisms are hard to ignore and definitely now a permanent part of US history.

Long live freedom and democracy!

Josie

Per U.S. Consitutional guidelines, every U.S. presidential inauguration is held for 2 days specifically within  the 19th and 21st of January every 4 years. The first day holds a private inauguration and a public one on the second day.
This year is no exception and US President Barack Hussein Obama will have his second U.S. presidential inauguration as scheduled.

With a new political mandate given to him by his recent re-election victory, he has a lot of plans for his country which in a way depending on future developments will shape his legacy once he leaves office.

I expect him to be more assertive this time since he wouldn’t be thinking anymore of further re-election plans.

FYI: Per U.S. Constitutional guidelines, every president depending on re-election outcome can only be in office for two 4-year terms.(8 years total)

His first election victory was historic enough in so many respects. His first term in office was quite eventful .

His second term will be surely eventful too but definitely challenging especially with a recalcitrant Congress to deal with in trying to get his policies across for approval and passage into laws.

Whatever, today’s inauguration should be the start of a new day for a new , hopeful future ahead!

It’s a testament that the democratic process is running along as scheduled.

Josie

My local Zellers dept store(a Canadian mainstay) is closing its doors for good on March 14. As a result, it’s now on liquidation status with sale prices at an initial maximum of 60% off. Everything has to go, even the store fixings!
I had been there a few times since the start of the new year and it gets more interesting as certain depts gradually look more spacious as its respective store items get bought up. It then makes me wonder if by the time the store posts 90% off sale prices if there’s anything left to be sold at all. Most likely, you’ll only get slim pickings ‘coz all the good items would be gone by then.

My dictum in shopping during a closing-out sale is to buy what I need at discounted prices. Don’t buy something that you don’t need or want just because it’s on sale. Don’t think that the item that you want to buy would still stick around on the last liquidation sales week.

Be ready with the mindset that once you purchase a liquidation sale item that there’s no return nor exchange possible afterwards.

With that in mind, happy shopping!

BTW, my local Zellers will soon be converted to a Target store and will be open in December this year.

Josie