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Celebrate Photographer Appreciation Month in October by focusing on taking quality photos that will make your family and friends truly appreciate your skills.
The higher, the better. Set your camera to the highest resolution possible. The appearance of your images will improve instantly, and photo editing will be much easier.
Lighten up. Use light to your advantage, especially when taking pictures outdoors. It’s usually best to position the light source in front of your subject, although side lighting can create a nice effect. Use flash indoors and to reduce shadows outdoors.
Eye contact. To produce a more interesting image, have the subject look into the lens when you shoot. Take pictures from the subject’s height; if you are photographing children, get down to their level.
Ready for your close-up. Get close to your subject, either physically or by using the zoom function.
Sideways shot. Many subjects look better in a vertical frame. Turn your camera sideways to capture tall landmarks or a dog leaping for a Frisbee.
Clear the clutter. As you frame a shot, check the background for unsightly objects. Ask your subject to move, or change your own position, if necessary.
Pay your rent on or before the 1st day of the month and be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a great prize!! Prizes change monthly and will be posted in the office. Payment must be received in the office no later than 5 p.m. on the 1st of the month. Payments placed in the drop box after 9 a.m. on the 1st will not qualify. The winner will be notified via phone on the 2nd of the month.
Here are a few reminders:
• Please be courteous to your neighbors and pick up after your pets!!! There is a $100 fine per occurrence that will be enforced if you fail to do so.
• All trash that is placed in the trash cans must be bagged. No loose trash is to be placed in the cans. PLEASE check your trash bags and make sure they are not leaking and double bag if necessary. Bring all items that do not fit inside of trash containers directly to the dumpster.
• Dispose of cigarette butts by using an ashtray. Please do NOT throw them over the balcony or leave them on the breezeway.
Bursting with vitamins and minerals—including iron, magnesium and vitamins A, C and K—spinach is a great addition to any diet. You don’t have to stick to salads to enjoy these nutritional benefits; this versatile vegetable can be seamlessly added to a variety of meals. Check out these ideas:
Breakfast and beyond. Spinach and eggs make a good team. Add fresh chopped spinach during the final minutes of cooking an omelet or scrambled eggs. For a heartier meal, try a spinach frittata or quiche.
Pasta pal. When heating marinara or Alfredo sauce, add a handful of spinach leaves to the pot. You can also substitute spinach for basil when making homemade pesto, or add a layer of leaves to lasagna.
Crunchy snack. Like kale, spinach can be baked into chips. Toss one bunch of spinach with a tablespoon of olive oil and salt to taste. Bake at 350º F for about 10 minutes, until edges are brown and crispy.
Beverage blend. Pop a handful of fresh spinach leaves or a cup of frozen spinach in the blender the next time you make a smoothie. The spinach will turn your drink green, but it won’t affect the flavor.
South of the border. Create a delicious burrito filling by heating a combination of black beans, frozen spinach and shredded cheese.
“Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind.” —James Russell Lowell
“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.” —C. S. Lewis
“I must say I find television very educational. The minute somebody turns it on, I go to the library and read a good book.” —Groucho Marx
“Books are the compasses and telescopes and sextants and charts which other men have prepared to help us navigate the dangerous seas of human life.” —Jesse Lee Bennett
“Finishing a good book is like leaving a good friend.” —William Feather
“I don’t know what your childhood was like, but we didn’t have much money. We’d go to a movie on a Saturday night, then on Wednesday night, my parents would walk us over to the library. It was such a big deal, to go in and get my own book.” —Robert Redford
“If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson
“A house without books is like a room without windows.” —Horace Mann
“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.” —Dr. Seuss
We often decide what we’ll do or what we’ll wear after checking the weather forecast. But at times, forecasts can be more confusing than clear. Meteorology is a science and often includes a flurry of jargon and data. Here are some common weather concepts explained.
Pressure systems. A high pressure system is dry, cool air moving in a clockwise direction. It brings sunny skies. A low pressure system is moist, warm air moving in a counter-clockwise direction. It brings stormy, wet weather.
Warm and cold fronts. A cold front brings cold, drier air into an area. A warm front brings warm, humid air. When a cold front meets a warm front, expect stormy weather.
Jet stream. A narrow band of strong winds high in the atmosphere, the jet stream steers pressure systems and fronts.
Relative humidity. Expressed as a percentage, this is the amount of moisture in the air compared to how much the air could hold. The higher the humidity, the warmer you’ll feel during hot weather and the colder you’ll feel in cold weather.
Barometric pressure. A barometer measures the atmospheric pressure and helps predict weather changes. If a forecaster says the barometer is falling, that usually means a storm is looming. If the barometer is rising, sunnier skies are on the way.
Come and celebrate the kids going back to school!! We will have food, drinks, music, door prizes and a bounce house for the kids. Can’t wait to see you there!!
If you spend time outside in the summer heat, remember to take frequent breaks in a cool place.
One cup of evaporated milk can be substituted for one cup of heavy cream in most recipes.
If you go to a ballgame, barbecue or other outdoor event this summer, avoid putting on perfume or cologne beforehand — these types of scents can attract mosquitoes.