Wednesday, December 25, 2013

State of Alabama Wants to Ban using E-cigarettes Indoors

CASAA: Call to Action! Alabama E-Cigarette Usage Ban -- HB258 (DEFEATED)

My question is why?  They aren't harmful to the user or the person sitting next to them.  There is no ash, bad smell or harm to the environment or butts in the streets.  I find after using them for many months, that I am using them less that when I first started.  The nicotine in them can be bought from a high level of nicotine down to zero in order to help people completely quit.

Below is a complete setup of one type.  Most people I know do not use this one because the cigarettes do not last as long.  You have the e cigarettes, the case, the charger, the liquid that one puts into the cartilage.

Here we have the more common type of e cigarettes that I smoke and most people do because you only have to load it every few days if you are not a heavy smoker.  The battery lasts a lot loner too. This type can also be bought that are for heavy smokers.  This type has a battery on the left side, the top piece that the juice is put into.  Plus, a bottle of juice and the battery setup.  It can be plugged into the wall or your computer thus, the name e-cigarettes.  In the front is  the e cigarette that is assembled. 

Why the government wants to get involved in something that is no more harmful than chewing gum is unbelievable.  Maybe during these bad times of so much else that needs their attention, they are dealing with trying to keep people from using e cigarettes indoor so, they will not have to deal with very serious issues.  I suppose that last statement just goes to show how ticked off I am.

One thing is sure.  I am very tired of living in a world where the government wants to control all aspects of our lives.  They listen in on people's phone conversations, read their emails along with other things that George Washington would have went into a rage over.

Right.  This is a different age and time but there is also a thing call the Constitution.  It has been trashed or they have tried to trash it for many years now.  When are we as American citizens going to take more action in what goes on in our lives?

I just sent a message to all people concerned who want to pass this bill.  I ask that if you feel it is wrong, please follow the link at the top of the page and sent them a message which what to say is outlined to help you write a good letter.

I have been using e-cigarettes for half of this year.  I find that I am not using  them as much as I did when I first started.  It was my intention to use them to finally give up nicotine.  This is possible because anyone can buy the juice which is vaped in a electronic cigarette starting at a high level for those who smoke a lot down to zero.  It is called vaping because it only produces vapor and not smoke yet, one gets the sense of smoking.

When I visited my doctor last week, he was thrilled that my lungs are clear.  In fact, he is the one who asked me if I would try them.  My doctor sees nothing wrong with them.  They are better than the patch because it gives smokers something to do with their hands which in half the habit.

This is my rant for the day. I hope I have helped a few people understand a bit about e cigarettes.  If you have questions, please feel free to ask me.  I will be delighted to answer.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

My Thoughts On The Duck Dynasty Drama

Just the thought that anyone in this country can not quote scripture from the Bible is outrageous to me.  We are suppose to be a nation  based on Christian values.  However, as anyone can see,  we are more of a nation of sinner than anything else.  Even some people who are Christians pick and chose what they want applied to them from the Bible.  I know because at one time, I did the same thing.  Thank God that my eyes were opened to the truth and now, I live my life according to the Bible because I gave my life to Christ.  I have never been happier in my entire life.  God has healed me twice this year of long going problems. This is for another blog.

When Phil Robertson was being interviewed, I can imagine how the person interviewing him was trying to rile him.  Why?  Because he is an outspoken man and they knew it.  What he said was quoted from the Bible in 1 Corinthian chapter six starting with verse eight..  Allow me to quote it so everyone reading this can know exactly what it says.

First let me give the reader some background.  Paul was writing a letter to the church because they had not be conducting themselves in a Christian manner and he in love felt he should set them straight.

The most important book you will ever read.

"Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God?  Do not be deceived:  Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor sexually immoral nor idolaters nor, adulterers not male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves not the greedy nor drunkards not slanders nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.  And that is what some of you were.  But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of out God."

As you readers can see, not only gays were mentioned but a lot of other habits and activities by people that God hates.  This isn't the only time this is mentioned in the bible.

Like Phil Robertson said, it just ain't right.  I have known people who were/are gay and I have told them that I do not understand why they had rather be with a person of their own kind...meaning the same sex.  When God make Adam and Eve, he intended for man and woman to be  together and reproduce to populate the earth.  He did not put two men or two woman together. They can not have children.  So, what would be the point?

For years, I was friends with gay people and all I would say is that I did not approve to their face.  It was no secret how I felt.  I did not judge them as it isn't my place.  However, I can have an opinion just as Phil does.  As time went by, I came to understand that I needed to separate myself from them because in 2 Corinthians chapter five and starting with verse 14 here is what God said.

"Do not be yoked together with unbelievers.  For what does righteousness and wickedness have in common?   Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?  What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? (This word is Hebrew and means worthless.)  What does a believer have in common with and unbeliever?  What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols?  For we are the temple of the living God. (Meaning our bodies once we accept Christ into our heart and life.)   As God has said:  I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people." (Speaking of Christians.)

The Lords says: vs 17 same chapter. Therefore come out from them and be separate."

Now, if a person isn't a Christian, what I have just written probably doesn't mean a thing.  I would like to think it will.  Most Christians feel a need and are instructed by God to witness to sinners about  Jesus Christ.   Christians need to know what God has to say.  How can we walk with God if we do not read His word?  We can't.

I commend Paul Robertson for quoting the scripture since he is a Christian who admits that he was not always a Christian.  He lived a wild life until he hit rock bottom.  Thank goodness he had a good wife to support him when he turned his life over to God.  Their success in life is an example of what God will do for His people when they live according to his His Word and I am not talking about the television show.

A& E may drop the show and along with dropping it, they also will have a shrinking pocket book.  In today's world, everything has to be politically correct.  I am sick of hearing the words....Politically correct. 

It seems that so far, we still have freedom of press just not freedom for people in certain positions to state what they believe.  The Robertson's on this reality show do not need the show to live very well.  It was great entertainment.  I am sure they will go about their Christian lives and be as happy as ever.  Maybe all of this came up so things could be brought to the light for those who are unaware.  Who knows? God's work in unknown to us.  His way is the only way.

I watch a Christian channel at home and was just thinking how this show might be a good one to take up some of their air time.  What ya think TBS?  This family is a good witness to Christ just like a minister preaching the gospel.

Monday, December 2, 2013

LIFE IS ART: Minimal paintings with ink

LIFE IS ART: Minimal paintings with ink

This is a link to a friend who took up painting on her own.  I think her work is great to be self taught.

Check it out.  I think you will enjoy seeing it.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Saving Energy Using Your Appliance Plus, Saving Money On Repairs.

Since I had to spend a lot of money to have my dryer repaired this week, I thought I would pass on some tips about how to use our appliances correctly.  Not only that but how to save energy while using them.  Saving money too is wonderful.

The one thing that so many people do when washing their clothes is to fill the washer too full.  It should only be filled to about two-third full.  If you over stuff your washer, it causes a lot of wear and tear on it.  Not to mention putting the clothes in the dryer and expecting it to dry them.

The gears underneath the agitator on my washer was broken because my son put two blankets and more clothes in it.  In other words, it was stuffed.  It was too much for the washer and these gears broke.  Not only do the clothes not get clean because they do not have enough room to agitate but the damage to the appliance is unnecessary.  A washer will last a long time if taken care of and not abused with stuffing it full of clothes.

When it comes to the dryer, the same is true.  A dryer that is too full will put a strain on the dryer belt or cause it to overheat.  In time, the belt will break plus, the heating element may have to be replaced.

Another thing that needs to be done to your dryer is to clean the lint screen each time before drying clothes.  If the lint screen is full of lint, it can't get enough air to dry the clothes causing it to run longer.  That looks like dollar signs to me.  It is easy to remove the lint screen and clean it before using the dryer.  I keep a large coffee can near my dryer to put my lint in. When full, I thrown it away.

If you do not, in time, the inside of your dryer will have lint all on the inside.  I was at my sisters one day when I noticed that her dryer screen was so full, it was hard for me to remove it.  I took the bottom panel off the dryer and there was lint everywhere.  We spent a lot of time, using any tool we could find to get all of that old lint out of the inside of the dryer.  

We even found a long, small brush at the hardware store and cleaned the vent from the top of the dryer as well.  I am surprised that she didn't have a fire because of it.  When a dryer has a lot of lint and gets too hot, the lint can catch on fire.  This tool is great for cleaning the coils on the fridge too.

What about your refrigerator?   Do you know that when it isn't at least three-quarters full, it is using more energy to keep the food cold?  I remember the days when I was young and had first moved out.  I should have just had an ice chest because I never had much food in the fridge.  Now, what I do when I finish a gallon of milk is  to rinse it and fill it with water.  Then, I put it back inside the fridge until I replace it.  If your fridge is really empty, add as many gallons of water as needed to keep it three-quarters full.

This fridge shown above is too full.  Air can't circulate around the food to keep it cool so, the fridge has to work overtime to keep it cold.  As anyone can see, there is a balance that needs to be used when using either the washer, dryer or the refrigerator. 

One other thing about a refrigerator is that the coils either on the back or underneath it has to be kept clean of lint.  When was the last time you cleaned yours?  

It should be done about twice a year.  If the coils are in the back, they are easy to get to.  If they are underneath the fridge, it isn't so easy.  What I have found is a round tapered brush on a long handle is great to use to clean around the coils.  I pull out the fridge clean the coils and move it back to vacuum up the lint.  I do this about three times trying to get all the lint.  Some people may have attachments on their vacuum cleaner small enough to do this job.  If so, wonderful.  That is easy work.  Of course, the photo below is even a better way of doing it.

Keep the seal around the door clean.  The seal will last longer.  Take a sheet of paper and put between the door and the fridge and pull it out.  If it comes out easily, the seal is getting too old and needs to be replaced.  It is something that anyone can do if they are handy with tools.  If it is tight, that is a good thing.  Do that all the way around the door.  Those little grooves in the gasket should be cleaned often to keep mold from forming and weakening the seal.  Plus, you do not want mold inside your fridge.

One last thing.  Do not block the vent in your freezer compartment.  The air from the freezer goes into the fridge to keep it  cold.  If you stuff the freezer full of food and block that air vent at the top in the back, you are asking for trouble. 

My next blog will be about saving money while using water around and in your home.  Also, I will write more about what I have learned to save energy around my home. Be sure to check it out.