What does it mean if you give someone daisies? Is it appropriate to send red roses to a new boss? Are lilies only for funerals?
You may not know the answers to these questions, but rest assured someone does! It’s best to do a little research on flower-language before sending your next bouquet.
1) Daisies stand for innocence – an appropriate gift for a younger person
2) Red roses are right for a passionate love, but not for your boss!
3) Lilies stand for innocence, the restored innocence of the departed soul in the case of funerals. Best to avoid for the living as it may be misunderstood.
Wait, there’s more:
You can see how a simple bouquet could get you in a world of trouble here!
Fortunately, most florists provide a wide selection of mixed bouquets, and better yet lots of good advice.
Your flooring consultant,
Matt Capell - President of Capell Flooring and Interiors
Saturday, June 27, 2015
Saturday, June 20, 2015
Back in the old days – which in financial terms is 20-30 years ago :) – pretty much everyone with a bank account wrote checks. People still do, but the numbers are declining rapidly, since there are so many other options.
Three decades ago, most banks still returned the cancelled checks, which served as excellent proofs of payment. “Cancelled” means your financial institution stamped it on the back with the date they made payment from your account.
Then more people began paying with credit cards, debit cards came on the scene, but primarily a new system of fund transfers came into play.
You’ve been using this last one for years: it’s called AFT (automated funds transfer) or EFT (electronic funds transfer). This is how most people pay auto insurance or internet fees or gym memberships. Once you give the payee your bank encoding info, they take the payment out of your account each month automatically. In fact, most people are paid this way, by direct deposit into their account.
There’s another system you can use for paying bills, one you control more directly. Financial institutions now – even the smallest – have internet banking. Through a secure connection, you can access their list of payees and set up your bill payments online. You can pay service providers when you like or on a recurring basis, say $100 on the 15th of every month.
Your financial institution provides a confirmation number – at the time of payment – which you can use as proof. If a provider ever does dispute payment, the bank will back you up.
But if you’re looking for ironclad proof, there’s the good old-fashioned money order. These may cost a tiny bit more than checks – and a certain number are generally included in account packages – but for security they can’t be beat.
- Only the person to whom the money order is payable may cash it. This is true of checks as well, but checks are easier to forge.
- The funds are taken out of your account immediately: the money order is like currency in that way.
- You receive a duplicate on the spot, proof that the funds were transferred from your account to the money order.
- The money order can be traced by the bank if any questions do arise. They can trace where, when and into whose account the order was deposited.
Oh, and about that gym membership, the one you cancelled two years ago but they keep taking the money out of your account? Your financial institution can help you there too…stop payments work very well, especially if they send it back “refused”.
Your flooring consultant,
P.S. Who is the next person you know who needs new flooring right now? Can I count on you to pass my name along to them? You’ll be doing them a tremendous favor by referring them to a professional they can trust. Plus you’ll be rewarded for your referrals, just ask us how with our new Referral Connections program! Thank you!
Saturday, June 13, 2015
If you’re having trouble sleeping – and many of us do – here’s something you may not have tried.
We have more than one biological clock in our body as it turns out. Recent research indicates that pretty much every organ has its own circadian rhythm and keeping them in sync helps us keep our sleeping schedule intact.
A number of consequences stem from disrupted sleep: blood sugar control is impacted, hunger hormones disrupted, blood pressure raised and immune systems compromised. So in addition to the stress of not getting enough sleep, you can add the risks of diabetes, obesity, hypertension and getting sick more often.
So what can we do to make all our body clocks happy? One thing for sure: keep a routine. Decide what the best hours are for you, given that you should likely get 7-9 hours for optimum health. Let’s say you’d like to get up at 7am and go to bed at 11pm. That leaves 8 hours of sleep, which is plenty. Now stick to your schedule. After a while, it will become routine.
But the best plan for getting to sleep is keeping it dark. Those circadian rhythms set us up to sleep at night and be active during the day. That means we need bright light in daytime – which many of us don’t get if we’re indoors – and darkness when we sleep.
So here are your best strategies – even if you work shift work and have to be up all night:
- Get some bright light during your waking hours. If you can, take the opportunity to step outside on your lunch break. For shift workers, bright artificial light does the job too.
- Make sure your bedroom is dark. You can use “blackout” curtains if you have to sleep during the day.
- No devices that shed light. This means televisions, tablets and above all smartphones. In fact, staying away from light sources and screens for an hour before bedtime is a great idea.
Your flooring consultant,
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
The Art of Vacuuming – Capell Flooring and Interiors
It may seem obvious, but do you know all techniques to vacuum your carpet? Here are a few helpful hints to make household cleaning and vacuuming more beneficial to your carpet:
1. Dust your room from “the top-down” before. Allow gravity to work for you as you clean.
2. When your vacuum cleaner bag reaches half-full, change it. As bags or containers begin to fill-up, they become less efficient.
3. Store things like shoes off the floor to make vacuuming in closets easier.
4. If you live in a two-story house, go ahead and get two vacuum cleaners: one for the upstairs and one for the downstairs. Don’t let to the hassle of carrying your vacuum cleaner up and down a flight of stairs keep you from the proper vacuuming.
5. To clean carpeted stairs, work from the top–down with a hand-held vacuum cleaner.
6. Setting the vacuum cleaner height correctly really does make a difference.
7. Always look for the Carpet and Rug Institute Seal of Approval on vacuum cleaner equipment and attachments. It’s your assurance that you’re buying the best tools for the job.
In order to achieve proper vacuuming, it should ideally occur about once a week in most homes. The more traffic you have in certain areas, like hallways, around entrances, etc., the more often you should do it.
These tips come from one of carpet manufacturers Beaulieu- Thanks!
Be sure to checkout Professional carpet cleaning advice for tips on how proper vacuuming should work in conjunction with professional cleaning. More information can be found at the Beaulieu® of America Carpet Care Guide & Warranty Information.
Saturday, June 6, 2015
Unlike the gentle name, planet Venus is not the most hospitable place for humans. It’s exceptionally hot for one thing: around 860 degrees F (460 C). Probes that do land on the surface send back only a couple of hours of data before melting into a puddle.
But now, some NASA scientists think it’s a pretty fine idea to go back to Venus, with astronaut missions no less. Only not to the surface, thanks very much.
Instead, the research concept called Project HAVOC envisions airships cruising through the toxic (but romantic) skies above the planet.
These helium-filled balloons would hover 30 miles above the surface, where the temperature is a balmy 167 Fahrenheit.
Project HAVOC envisions eventual cloud cities over Venus.
So it’s only a matter of time before we get the glossy ads and brochures!
Your flooring consultant,
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