Monday, February 28, 2011

Ameriplan Medical and Dental Plan


With owning our own company, insurance is something we have gone without. The cost is too great to even consider. Thankfully, we have not had a situation where it has been absolutely necessary to have it. I did come across Ameriplan which offers medical, dental, vision, chiropractic and pharmaceutical services on a discount plan. When you become a member, they provide you with the names of the offices that will provide these services at a discount rate.

There is no age limit or requirements, anyone is eligible for this service. There is over 30,000 dentist, 12,000 vision providers, 50,000 pharmacies, 7,500 chiropractors in the United States working with Ameriplan. There are several different health plans to fit any individual or family needs. This is definitely an option for those of us who do not have insurance.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Downtown Vancouver Hotel


While staying at a downtown Vancouver hotel, the Loden., you will be close to the celebrations. Kick off the celebrations on April 6th, celebrating the day Vancouver was incorporated in 1886. Enjoy dinner at the hotel's distinctive restaurant and lounge, Voya after a long day of celebrations. If you are the athletic type, you'll enjoy the 24-hour fitness studio and spa.

The Loden is legendary for its classic yet modern environment and urban amenities. It is a perfect setting for an urban boutique hotel. You'll be just steps away from numerous attractions in an exciting city that is celebrating it's birthday.

Vancouver Hotel


Vancouver is celebrating its 125th birthday. There is no better place to stay then at a beautiful Vancouver hotel. The Loden Hotel is located in Coal Habour, downtown Vancouver's most sought after community. With breath taking views of the mountains and waterways.

After an exciting fun filled day of celebrating head back to your luxurious room. Take a bubble bath in the deep soaking bathtub before heading to bed in a custom designed bed with the finest linens. If you're not ready for bed, each room offers a large flat screened television and a fully stocked private bar. The Loden is designed to meet your leisure or business needs.

Monday, February 21, 2011

100 Dogs Killed


A 38 year old employee of Outdoor Adventure asked the SPCA on two separate occasions to help find homes for the company's dogs. Both times he was rebuffed. Now the SPCA is investigating the killing of 100 dogs over two days.

Officials at the animal protection service claim they did not realize the dogs would be brutally slaughtered. Senior animal protection officer Eileen Drever said, "[the employee] didn't advise me he was going to kill any dogs. I spoke to an animal behaviorist who is also a vet and she spoke with an expert in the [United] States who said [the sled dogs] weren't adoptable". When asked if she had told the man that the SPCA would not help locate homes for the dogs, she said "I believe so".

BC SPCA head of animal cruelty Marcie Moriarty said, the SPCA would have acted had it known the dogs were going to be slaughtered. While everyone is pointing their finger to blame each other in the deaths of these dogs, everyone agrees the loss of these 100 dogs was senseless.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Outdoor Adventures


Recently it came to light that a dog sledding company, Outdoor Adventures Whistler, slaughtered 100 dogs after a post Olympic financial decline. Bookings for dog sled tours decreased after the Olympics and when the company could not find homes for the animals, it culled the dogs. The dogs were killed over a two day period of time last April.

The man's name has not been released, but his attorney has been quoted as saying, "the worst experience (the man) has ever had". This is the same man who filed the claim with the Worksafe BC and killed the animals. After being told to make the business more cost effective, he attempted to find homes for all the dogs. When he could no longer find homes, he chose to shoot the remaining dogs. Outdoor Adventures spokesman Graham Aldcroft said, "They had a financial stake in the company, but operational control was with the worker that filed the claim with Worksafe BC".

Can Outdoor Adventures be held accountable for this man's decisions? Both the British Columbia
SPCA and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police are investigating this tragedy. Outdoor Adventures has now taken control of the dog sledding company and now it is company policy if a dog needs to be euthanize, it will be treated at a veterinary clinic.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Chocolate Ale Kansas City's New Flavor


When Christopher Elbow of Christopher Elbow Artisanal Chocolates and Stephen Pauwals pf Boulevard Brewing Company of Kansas City put their heads together, they came up with a taste sensation for the beer lover. This amazing ale did not stay on the shelves. Boulevard Brewing Company released the Chocolate Ale for Valentines selling roughly over 19,200 bottles and 350 1/6 barrel kegs.

In a statement released on the Brewery's web site, "Chocolate Ale was going to be just a one-time, on-off release. But due to the overwhelming feedback we've received, and after much internal discussion and debate, we're pleased to announce that it will be back for next Valentine's Day". So for all of those people that did not get an opportunity to try the Chocolate Ale, be prepared to get on a waiting list for next Valentines shipment.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Doing the Happy Dance


WOW...what a week! I have completed the first week of writing for the examiner.com . All my articles, except one, was on the front page of the Kansas City examiner. I received over 300 view on my articles. I still need more views, feel free to hop on over and check them out. ALSO, the weather is warming up this week and we may even see the 60's! Can you tell I am looking forward to spring? Last but not least, I won a dozen roses. Our local grocery store had a drawing for a dozen roses. I signed up with the intention of giving the roses to our accountant who works tirelessly for us and others. SO, tomorrow I will pick up the roses and give them to Lynette. I hope they make her day. I hope all of you have a blessed week as I look forward to mine.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Winter Blahs


I know that come July and August I will be whining about how hot and humid it is outside. Dreading going out to pull weeds and mow the lawn. I keep trying to remind myself of this as I am freezing with this bitterly cold winter weather we are having in the mid west. Last snow fall we received 14-16 inches of snow in a 24 hour period. Last night we received 3-4 inches of snow. We have plowed, shoveled and scooped more snow then I can remember in such a short period of time.

I know there are those young at heart who are probably enjoying the snow days when the school is closed. There are those who enjoy a day playing in the snow and building snow forts and snowmen. Although, I would hate to take away from their fun, there are those of us who find it inconvenient. Putting layers of clothes on just to walk to the car or feed the chickens. Speaking of chickens, they are not enjoying this cold snowy weather either. Even the cats and dogs at my house are protesting this winter.

A cheer of jubilation will arise from our home when this winter is over and spring is upon us. We will all joyfully head outdoors to revel in the sunshine. Until then, I'll be bundled up writing my articles on the computer.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Facebook is Back


After my heartfelt post about our family finally being off Facebook, I have to share that now I am back on Facebook. Against my better judgment, I opened my Facebook account for my new job. I am writing local articles for examiner.com. I am their Kansas City Home and Garden writer. In order to get my readership up, I had to open a facebook and twitter account. As my readership grows so does my income. I have struggled within myself over this decision. More then anything, I felt I need to be honest and let you all know. I do not want to appear hypocritical and hide the information. I do know one thing, I will not get sucked into posting pictures and sharing personal information. Feel free to share my examiner site with others to view and comment on my articles. Hopefully, I will be able to shut down FB in the future as I will not need it to help my readership.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

More Pictures During and After the Snow Storm


The view from our four season room on our back deck during the storm




South side deck during the storm




My daughters snow angel




Our south side deck after the storm



Snow blown from 40 mph winds during the storm










Blizzard hits the Midwest


Above is a picture of my husband on his lawn tractor plowing our driveway. I took this picture from our front porch, about 150 feet away from them.


On Tuesday, February 1, 2011 a winter storm crossed the Midwest and left damages to property, personal vehicles and power outages. While people in the northern states were probably more prepared for this kind of storm, the folks of the lower Midwest were a little more leery of it. By mid day on Tuesday at the height of the storm, Kansas City, Missouri mayor Mark Funkhouse declared a state of emergency. Down here south of Kansas City about an hour away, we received 16 inches of snow. It was quiet a storm, one with record breaking snow fall and wind chill. There are many things I am sure I will remember about this storm in the years to come.

People in the Midwest are great at coming together and helping one another out in a difficult time. Our small little town is one example. We have a gentleman that plows our streets in town, after this storm, many people who owned plows came to help him plow the streets and peoples driveways. Others grabbed their shovels and began shoveling sidewalks and helping people clear their drives. I know of a few people that attempted to drive before the roads were clear, putting themselves in a ditch or stranded. The other drivers with 4 wheel vehicles were towing and lending a hand to the common sense challenged 2 wheel drivers.

With all this snow you would think people would be ready for spring, not around here. They are talking about sledding and enjoying this large snow fall. It's not every year we receive this amount of snow, so they are taking advantage of the it. I myself do not like this cold wintry weather. I could do without wearing layers upon layers of clothes just to go to the grocery store. I particularly don't like trying to walk in snow that is up to my hips, ok so maybe I am only 5'1 and most averaged height people don't have this problem. Either way, I am not fond of winter and it's snow. It looks like it's not going to get better any time soon. Another round of snow is coming in on Sunday. While shoveling my decks and porches I will be dreaming of tropical weather.