If you’re like me, you wonder why some people go through the hassle and costs of a professional lawn care service. I know that I used to think that they were scams, designed to take money from people for services that any homeowner could do themselves.
Suffice to say, my opinion has dramatically changed after realizing the difference in quality between professional lawn servicing and the lawn care that people are able to do themselves as amateurs. That difference — the difference between the experts and the amateurs — is why you should pay for lawn care services to periodically clean up your curb with edging and to mow down your lawn.
But let us say that you are meticulous with your lawn care, or that you are able to do the aforementioned basic tasks to your satisfaction. There is one additional reason you still need to contract professional lawn services to take care of your place: lawn renovations.
Renovations for Days
Lawn renovations are more extensive operations to fix problems with your lawn that cannot be solved with a simple trim or edging. For example, do you know what thatch is? I did not until reading about it on the website of Midwest Lawn.
Thatch is the layer in between the deep soil and the vegetation/grass on top. Thatch is mostly comprised of grass and debris but is full of nutrients that help lawns and plants grow. Professional lawn care companies like Midwest Lawn are experts in issues that may arise in thatch and other parts of the lawn that impact the health and glow of your grass.
Through renovations, extensive digs, and replantation, professional experts are more inclined to help with issues like thatch more than you can do after work or the occasional spare weekend.
Another issue that is surprisingly common that professional companies are more prepared to assist with is soil acidity. Similar to thatch problems, experts are going to have the knowledge and resources required to handle acidity that is stunting growth for your plants and grass.
In Defense of Professional Cutting
As previously mentioned, it is understandable if you defer to professionals on advanced issues like thatch or soil acidity, but otherwise rely upon yourself to take care of the lawn. However, there are some contexts in which your lawn may be better off if you used professionals.
If you are an elderly citizen or in advanced age, pushing a lawn mower all over your front and back yard may seem less and less exciting every month. Now would be a time to consider using some of your hard-earned retirement funds to take a break and enjoy the fruits of your labor.
And if you are injured in any way but are too proud to rely on other people to take care of your precious lawn, I understand. My advice would be to utilize a service to occasionally clean up details on your lawn (tricky areas, using an edger) or to take care of the back yard while you mow the front yard, etc. No matter what, do not let your ego get in the way of recovering from an injury. Use the professionals!
You may be under the impression that your patio or deck has enough lighting from the Moon, a fire pit, or other indirect sources of light. Forming this belief can be rooted in a desire for simplicity — no one wants to buy a product or pay for a service that they do not need. Or maybe you are rejecting the installation of lights to cut costs and save some cash.
With either of these reasons, you are mistaken. The simple fact is: your patio needs outdoor lighting.
And not just because the outdoor lighting will be able to expose or show the beautiful wood or laminate used to construct the patio. That would be a vain argument based in aesthetics — which is valuable for some, but pointless for others.
Making Money Moves
Instead, you need outdoor lighting in your patio because by installing outdoor lighting, you are taking advantage of the hard-earned money you already spent in installing your patio. Think about it: you are probably not going out onto your deck or patio as often you might be able to do if you had better lighting.
That means you likely paid several hundreds of dollars (or more) for a feature of your house or yard to be renovated or added. And now, after the sunset, you are barely able to use the space to relax or hang out with your friends. That is a tragedy. The fact that the most economically efficient thing to do is to spend more money may sound like a paradox, but it is true: installing outdoor lighting with the help of professional services like Daybreaker Landscapes may be the best option for you to fully make use of your patio or deck after dark,
A more important reason to install outdoor lighting to cover your patio, though, stems from safety concerns. There is a strong likelihood that you will be bringing drinks, food, and other items onto your patio at some point.
Well, you need outdoor lighting if you are going to have these items on your patio. Dropping, breaking, and stepping on just one glass bottle could lead to a need for severe stitches. Outdoor lighting will increase safety by allowing you to better see potential dangers like dropped bottles, misplaced eating utensils (ever stepped on a fork?), or other potential hazards.
Of course, outdoor lighting being installed for your patio does not prevent every accident. But is certainly better than fumbling around in the dark. Especially if there are fires, alcohol, or sharp objects present in your patio gathering. No judgment, we just want you safe!
In addition to needing outdoor lighting for safety purposes, you also need to let the professionals handle the installation process. Adding onto or adjusting electric wiring can be dangerous and even fatal. Changing something simple like replacing a lightbulb is definitely in the bounds of amateur work. But paying for your patio to be renovated or added onto your home will be useless if you are in the hospital from burns or electrocution stemming from shoddy electrical work.
Riding a motorcycle is more dangerous than driving a car. That sentence isn’t breaking news. Every biker who gets on a motorcycle knows that’s true before they ever take their first ride. Bikers don’t ride their motorcycles in order to improve their safety; they do so because motorcycles bring a culture, philosophy, and sense of self that riders identify with.
However, those increased risks are always there. When an accident happens that involves a motorcycle, the likelihood of serious injury is far higher. The risk of an accident in the first place can also be significantly higher in some instances.
All this leads to an obvious conclusion: if you are going to ride a motorcycle, you should decide on a lawyer you prefer now. This is perhaps the most obvious small step you can take to help take care of yourself in the event of an accident.
Knowing the law and knowing a lawyer can help you streamline the process so that when something terrible happens, you have far less to worry about to make sure you get the compensation and coverage you are entitled to.
You will also have the time now to review exactly what you want from your potential lawyer. Getting a lawyer that really understanding bikers, biker culture, and how to help get compensation after a bike accident can be crucial not just to your case but to how comfortable you feel with your lawyer. Consider The Biker Lawyers in Iowa and Minnesota. This is a law firm built on the biker identity, run by bikers who know the law and want to take care of their fellow bikers who have been harmed in accidents.
With the time you have now, you can find that perfect lawyer that will speak to your particular preferences. That way, you won’t be rushed to find a lawyer after an accident, when you have other serious concerns such as your health to deal with.
Of course, there’s no guarantee a lawyer will take your case, so you may also want to have backup choices so that you aren’t left desperately searching should your first choice fall through.
No matter who you decide upon, or how thoroughly you research, having even a vague idea of what you would do after a motorcycle accident will leave you more prepared in the event a serious accident ever does happen to you.
Motorcycles come with obvious risks. Sometimes, that is the point of them, the reason they are so desirable. That living on the edge freedom attracts a lot of the people who become lifelong bikers. You can still enjoy that freedom, perhaps even enjoy it more, when you’ve done the research to know just what you want to happen if the worst ever happens to you.
Do the work now, so you won’t have to in far more difficult circumstances.
There’s a great tragedy on the horizon in Florida. After Hurricane Irma devastated parts of the state, a number of people were left injured. While those numbers don’t tend to make the headlines that deaths do, they are always larger than the number of deaths, and in some ways more tragic, because their stories carry on long after media attention.
The worry now is that there won’t be enough government assistance to help those who will suffer injuries that require extensive medical attention. For some, that will be no more than a few trips to the doctor’s office for a broken arm or some abrasions (expensive enough, and completely unaffordable for many), but for others, the struggle will be much longer lasting, and their cases are the ones we should attend to most.
For those who end up with long-term disabilities that keep them from working and earning enough for their means of living, let alone their medical bills, the struggle could be devastating. I have yet to see any articles addressing their needs. We need a massive amount of resources dedicated to helping them return to a normal quality of life without being burdened by enormous debts incurred just to keep living.
The nightmare scenarios for such people could include simply living with the pain, homelessness, or even death. While we’re rebuilding roads and electric grids, we need to be sure we are attending to these people so such things don’t happen.
It was heartbreaking enough seeing how many died in our Florida nursing homes after Irma hit. Despite knowing the likelihood of major hurricanes every year, we simply weren’t prepared to ensure those most in need of protection were in fact protected.
We can’t let that happen again. What we need is a public fund to make sure anyone injured in Hurricane Irma is protected from financial burdens until they are healed. This program could then also be used for those in Houston and Puerto Rico, so that they too are able to return to their lives as soon as possible, or at least, find some comfort and normalcy after so much pain and tragedy.
However, I am not confident we can trust the government to come with this program by itself. We should petition or else find lawyers who might sue on behalf of the injured to bring the idea to the forefront.
What is crucial, however, is that we don’t leave our fellow citizens behind. We have to have compassion for those who were injured through no fault of their own. We need to show our patriotism and show our big hearts by insisting the government do its duty and protect those who can’t protect themselves. By developing a program that makes sure people keep their homes and can get healthy, we can ensure they return to the workforce and general society not just healthy, not just happy, but ready to be productive.
When you think about healthy drinks, the first things that come into your mind are water and fruit-based mixes. That is understandable, because these substances do have tremendous health benefits. But people are now starting to use non-traditional substances for the betterment of their health – with the same results from the common water and smoothie. One such substance is bentonite clay.
Bentonite clay has unique properties that absorb potentially harmful materials, so it is mostly used in cleaning the body. Externally, it is often used in the skin to remove pollutants like dust particles, excess oils, and bacteria that may lead to skin diseases like psoriasis. As the bentonite clay is applied to the skin, it attracts these harmful materials. So, if you wash the clay away, it brings these materials with it.
Clay is even more impressive internally. In fact, drinking bentonite clay has been a known practice for centuries, it is just that more people are only starting to be aware of its health benefits. However, according to the website of Earth’s Natural Clay, clay works best when consumed over a long period of time. It is not there for instant results.
So, what are these results exactly? As said earlier, clay absorbs potentially harmful materials. This still applies internally, making clay a good product for detoxification. It absorbs a wide range of materials, including toxic metals such as cadmium, lead, and mercury, chemicals from powerful products, such as paints and pesticides, and compounds that may be found in soil and food, such as benzene and xylene.
It is important to eliminate toxins in the body because, in the long run, they can have a negative effect to the body, including constant fatigue, hormonal imbalances, and obesity. In a sense, drinking clay helps in preventing bodily complications, and this is done in an all-natural way.
A Custodial Parent’s Right to Pursue Legal Action against His/Her Former Spouse who does not Pay Child Support
A Custodial Parent’s Right to Pursue Legal Action against His/Her Former Spouse who does not Pay Child Support
In the U.S., support for a biological child is declared a legal obligation of parents by the Child Support Enforcement Act of 1984. This Act also enumerates the factors that family courts and judges need to consider when resolving child support issues.
This support, which is financial, is intended to cover a child’s basic needs, like food, clothing, shelter, education and health care. Financial support is usually made only until the 18th year of a child; a court, however, may extend it or add to it payment for a child’s further education, summer camps, dental needs and vacations, if the non-custodial parent (or obligor’s) is capable of paying for any, or all, of these. (There is no definite federal ruling regarding the need to support the child for his/her higher education or the need to continue payment of support once the obligor or non-custodial parent dies).
In determining an obligor’s capability to pay, as well as the amount of the regular financial support, the court considers the following factors:
- Age and needs of the child;
- Cost of the child’s needs;
- Parent’s living expenses and the family’s living standard prior to the divorce; and,
- Parents’ capacity to pay child support. This last factor is usually based on parents’ income, which includes salary, commissions, workers’ compensation benefits, dividends, unemployment benefits, bank account, and so forth.
A child support court decision or agreement is a legal matter, thus, the spouses, especially the non-custodial parent, will have to religiously pay it or suffer contempt of court and face legal punishments, such as fines and imprisonment. (The obligor or even the obligee, custodial parent, can request the court to make changes in the amount of support, though, if their financial circumstances change).
It is explained by The Maynard Law Firm, PLLC, that “Custodial parents can take legal action to enforce every aspect of the child support Order if the child support Obligor fails to provide the financial support he or she is supposed to pay under the terms of the Order. As difficult as it may be for you to take the child support Obligor to court, there is a good chance this may be the only way for you get the child support you are entitled to receive. That being said, you can seek legal assistance from a child support attorney who may be able to help form a take legal action to pursue every payment the child support Obligor has failed to provide.”
If a car or any vehicle moves directly in front of a semi-trailer or 18-wheeler, much more a loaded one, and slows down, the semi-trailer will not be able to slow down or stop immediately and would most likely crash into the vehicle that cut in front of it instead. This is because a loaded truck requires more stopping distance than a car. Compared to a light pickup or an ordinary passenger car which, at the speed of 65 mph, will require about 316 feet before coming to a full stop, an 18-wheeler will take 525 feet to stop fully. This longer stopping distance and other factors, which make big rigs threats on the road, are the reasons why it is very necessary that truck drivers are fully trained, licensed, not feeling fatigued or sleepy, and totally sober and focused on the road whenever behind the wheel, besides the fact that their truck’s braking system is in very good operating condition.
This longer stopping distance plus other factors, such as a truck’s length, size and weight, which make them threats on the road, are the reasons why it is very necessary that truck drivers are fully trained, licensed, not feeling fatigued or sleepy, and totally sober and focused on the road whenever behind the wheel. However, as shown in a number of studies, many truck drivers have been found alcohol-impaired or high on drugs while driving – a very serious traffic violation due to the high risk of injury they put themselves and, especially, other motorists in.
Part of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration‘s (FMCSA’s) safety program is mandatory random drug and alcohol testing of truckers. Just 1% of all tested drivers prove positive for alcohol, a very big margin from the 12.5% found by a Brazilian university international study. While there are differences in methodology and testing procedures, suspected reasons for the large discrepancy include: avoidance of the tests by truckers who drink and drive; and some trucking companies assisting intoxicated truckers to avoid the tests, while some hide the results. Some drivers, known as “job-hoppers,” on the other hand, go to a new trucking company, after failing an alcohol test and getting fired, but without informing the new trucking firm of their dismissal from their previous employment.
The blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit for drivers of passenger cars is 0.08%; for truck drivers, however, the limit is much lower: 0.04%. Semi-truck drivers operating their truck despite a 0.04% BAC can result to DUI, while if caught with a 0.02%BAC, they can be suspended from operating their truck for a total of 24 hours.
While many truck drivers and trucking companies do everything they can to stay safe on the roadway, the sad reality is that not everyone exercises this level of caution, putting unsuspecting motorists in harm’s way. Drivers forced to exceed the set hours of service restrictions, drivers who abuse alcohol and/or amphetamines while behind the wheel, or drivers/companies that fail to keep their trucks in good working order regularly expose everyone on the road to serious risks.
Those who are injured by an 18-wheeler will definitely need experienced legal representation in whatever legal action they may pursue against those responsible for their unnecessary suffering.
Your loved one can experience different kinds of abuse inside nursing homes, and you may not be there to defend him or her. Your loved one can suffer emotional abuse, psychological abuse, and the most common abuse of all, physical abuse.
Physical abuse is very easy to detect, because most of the time the abuse leaves physical marks like unexplained bites, burns, scratches, and other wounds. There are instances where other patients are involved, but most of the time, the elder mistreatment in nursing homes is done by the medical staff.
The abuse can be intentional or not, but it does not change the fact that it can have a physical toll on your loved one. Intentional physical abuse can be caused by the medical staff’s frustration. They kick, slap, and shove their patients who do not cooperate. The use of excessive force to restrain their patient is also common.
As your loved one ages, he or she becomes more and more vulnerable to physical abuse because of the frailty of the human body, so these uses of excessive force can cause more damage than you think.
Unintentional physical abuse is mostly caused by structural issues in the nursing home. Maybe it is understaffed, giving more stress and frustration to the employees. The employees have the tendency to channel the stress and frustration toward the patients. There are also cases where unintentional physical abuse has been caused by the lack of training of the medical staff.
At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if the physical abuse is intentional or not. It can cause bodily injury, physical pain, or outright impairment. The victim may also be vulnerable to emotional and psychological issues.
If your loved one has sudden changes in attitude, he or she may be experiencing some form of abuse. Take a look around and search for signs. Does the nursing home look understaffed? Does it look like it does not have sufficient facilities to cater to patient needs? Does your loved one have unexplained injuries?
To easily detect intentional and unintentional physical abuse, visit your loved one often and look for these signs. After all, not all elders can say to you directly that they are experiencing abuse because of their physical limitations. So, it is you who have to be assertive to detect abuses and prevent them from happening.
In 2004, about 12,166 were arrested due to cocaine and based on studies, one in every four Americans aged between 26 and 34 has admitted to using cocaine sometime in their lives.
The statistics above partly reveals how much cocaine is widely used in the U.S. In fact, aside from being the second most popular illegal recreational drug in the United States (the first is marijuana), it is also now approved for medicinal purposes. In spite of its medicinal properties, however, thousands of Americans are given emergency medical treatment due to cocaine overdose, making cocaine use an addiction that needs to be treated and stopped as fast as possible.
Why do people who have been arrested or are undergoing rehabilitation due to cocaine use keep on going back to using this recreational drug (even while still in prison or right after rehab treatment)? While not dismissing the efforts of doctors and others who work hard in helping people cope with their cocaine addiction, the process of treatment may just not be the right and needed process. This is because addiction to drugs, as explained by hypnotherapists, is just a quick and easy way to change ordinary, everyday reality from unbearable to bearable, so that people who are dependent are merely using these illegal substances, which allows them to experience a tremendous euphoric emotion, as some sort of a crutch to get through the day. Drug addiction is not the real problem that has to be addressed for it is just an outlet or a result of something else.
Different from medical treatment or attendance to meetings (help groups) for no one knows how long one has to attend, hypnotherapists rather offer a treatment that will address the real roots of the problem – the factors that led a person to trying cocaine, and to trying it again and again and again until he/she becomes addicted to it.
Through an addiction recovery program via hypnotherapy, a person will be made to realize what led him/her to the addiction, solving the whole problem. After treatment, he/she may expect to remain drug free and be able to finally enjoy life as he/she has always wanted.
States usually differ in practice and basic requirement when it comes to divorce. One difference is the basis for the filing of divorce. A total of 17 states, which include California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin do not necessitate a spouse filing for divorce to have a strong, valid ground why he/she wants to have his/her marriage terminated. All a petitioner needs to place or check in the petition for divorce form is due to irreconcilable marriage. Though he/she may have a spouse who is adulterous, has been convicted of felony or guilty of domestic abuse, including any or all of these in the petition for divorce form will have no bearing since the above 17 states are no fault divorce states.
The state of Texas, though, like all the remaining other 33 states used to strictly adhere to citing grounds for divorce. Recently, however, all 33 states have started recognizing the no fault practice, making filing for divorce easier for couples whose differences are no longer workable.
To properly guide petitioners, states have their own set of rules and guidelines which are aimed at directing spouses through the process of divorce. In the state of Texas, specifically, these rules and guidelines include:
- Residency requirements;
- Ground for divorce (for no fault divorce, citing insupportable differences is enough, while for fault divorce, grounds may be cruelty, adultery, conviction of felony, abandonment for at least one year, living apart for at least three years without cohabitation, or confinement in a mental hospital for at least three years);
- Filing the Petition for Divorce document; and,
- The Petitioner sending his/her former spouse (the Respondent) a legal notice of the petition;
The Respondent has 21 days within which to file an Answer or contest the divorce; if no Answer is filed, then the case is a default. This would allow the judge to decide on the divorce case even without the Respondent.
Divorce, whether fault or no fault will always be an emotionally contested issue between spouses – add to these trying to reach a settlement on all other related issues, which include child conservatorship, visitation rights, child support, spousal support and division of assets and properties.