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There have been several reports of YouTube videos that don't play in Firefox, but play fine in other browsers. Firefox support is blaming this on Adobe, but since the videos play fine in other browsers it's clearly a Firefox problem. All of the videos on this site are YouTube videos and are coded properly. If you can't view them using a Firefox browser, it really is a Firefox problem, as this site as been tested on various browsers and devices that besides Firefox include Opera, Safari, Internet Explorer8, Chrome, K-Meleon, iPhone and iPad. On all of these other browsers and devices everything displays fine.

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Lawn weeds

I bought some "Weed Be Gone" but all that did was seem to get 'em a little excited. I could swear I heard them chuckling the next morning when I stepped out on my back stoop. Apparently the only way this stuff would be any good is if I ordered it by the truck load and saturated the ground with it.

I've been doing some research... seeing as how I don't know a thing about plants and soil. The extent of my knowledge is that if the grass is long, I know it needs to be cut.

It looks like I will have to do a pH test on my lawn to determine its level. A 6.5 pH level is optimal for growing grass. Dandelions, on the other hand, prefer a more akaline soil at a 7.5 pH level or higher. So.... first thing first. How do I determine the pH Level of my soli?

I found this video online which shows you how to do a test with a simple kit.

After I watched the video (because I didn't want to order the stuff online) I checked if something like this was available around town. It was. I could get something called "C.I.L Soil Testing Kit" -- and it looks like almost the same thing as the one in the video. So I'm ready to do a test, and of course it started raining. I will have to save it for another day.

But depending on which way the test goes, you can lower the pH level by spreading on some sulphur, or increase the level using some lime. I'm guessing I will have to use lime, which is something that would get done at the end of the season, and then once more in the Spring at the start of the season.

I know this may sound very basic to those of you who do some gardening. But for those of us without this knowledge, goes to show, you're never too old to learn something new. :-)


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Fifty Things to Do When You Turn Fifty

You hear a lot of people in their 30's and 40's complain about getting old. But you don't hear it so much in people who are 50+. They've learned more about enjoying life, and learned to stop complaining. Really, no one is listening anyway.

Ronnie Sellers, author of Fifty Things to Do When You Turn Fifty says:

"That was okay in your 30s and 40s, but now that you're old, it's time to shut up on the subject"

The book is story and excerpts from experts and celebrities from all walks of life on the subject of turning 50. One review said:

"A friend gave me this for a birthday present and I took it along as an easy read while flying cross country. It was a light, easy read with short 3-5 page chapters written by well-known individuals..."

Anyone who has experience can tell you it isn't such a bad thing. I recall having older people tell me 20-30 years ago, that your mindset at 50+ is pretty well the same as it was when you were in your middle 20s or even 30s. The vessel grows older, but your mind stays locked in the same place. I know that sounds a little hard to believe.... but when you stop to think about it you will see that it's true.
Another reviewer said:

"I read this book in almost one sitting. I found the advice helpful, as well as entertaining. I have three friends turning 50 in March and bought a copy for each of them. I'm trying to make my year of turning 50 pivotal. This book helped me wrap my brain around saying "I'm Fifty."

But there are a lot of things at 50 you don't appreciate as much as you once did, even though you still have the 35-30 mindset any longer. And some of this is based on slowing down....

1. You don't care for fast food as much
2. You don't care for fast women as much
3. You don't care for "get rich quick" info as much
4. You don't care for young people's fast and loose tongues as much
5. You don't care for quick fixes
6. And you don't care for "Minute Rice"

You can buy this book from Amazon.com They say:

"Everything you should know and a lot more that will make you laugh and think. A must read for those turning 50, this book will help you make the most of a milestone year. All royalties will be donated to benefit cancer research. This is a fabulous 50th birthday gift, and a lot more useful than an Over the Hill coffee mug and black balloons!"

If you would like to know more about it, click here.


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Senior Prenup

A senior couple in their 80s was about to get married. She said, "I want to keep my house."

He said, "That's fine with me."

She said, "And I want to keep my Cadillac."

He said, "That's fine with me."

She said, "And I want to have sex six times a week."

He said, "That's fine with me. Put me down for Fridays."


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Going Solo…..

I didn't find any figures for Canada but the number of people choosing to live without a partner these days is skyrocketing globally -- from about 153 million in 1996 to 277 million in 2011 – an increase of around 80% in 15 years.1  That's an alarming rate. When you stop to think about it, you probably know as many single people as you do married/common-law couples.

According to Eric Klinenberg , New York University sociology professor and  author of Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone, he says there are a number of factors that are contributing towards this growing trend. But one of the main reasons is simply because we can afford to do it.

Technology and modernization has advanced exponentially since the second world war, and we don't have the same needs as a couple in the early 20th century. Automobiles, telephones,  the media and the Internet have all played a major role in a major shift of what was once considered a conventional family. In an article on the CBC website it says:

" Klinenberg shows, most solo dwellers are deeply engaged in social and civic life. In fact, compared with their married counterparts, they are more likely to eat out and exercise, go to art and music classes, attend public events and lectures, and volunteer. There's even evidence that people who live alone enjoy better mental health than unmarried people who live with others and have more environmentally sustainable lifestyles than families, since they favor urban apartments over large suburban homes..."2

There is a BIG difference in going it alone as to feeling alone. Watch the PBS interview below with Mr. Klinenberg as he discusses his book.

Becky Toyne, a frequent contributor to CBC Radio One and Open Book: Toronto had this to say:

"Going Solo is predominantly for middle-class, North American, downtown-dwelling singletons, and as a reader who fits squarely into that category, I did not close the book disappointed."3

With eye-opening statistics, original data, and vivid portraits of people who go solo, Klinenberg upends conventional wisdom to deliver the definitive take on how the rise of living alone is transforming the North American experience. GOING SOLO is a powerful and necessary assessment of an unprecedented social change.


Footnotes:
1Eric Klinenberg, author: I want to be alone: the rise and rise of solo living
2CBC: The rise of the singleton society;
http://www.cbc.ca/books/2012/03/the-rise-of-the-singleton-society.html
3Becky Toyne Book Review: Going Solo, by Eric Klinenberg in the National Post


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