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Columbia Gorge. Hi Everyone! Welcome to my site and blog! Here I’ll be talking about all kinds of things, many based on my own experiences.

Things such as, how I moved from one state to another and what I did to make it more successful, what I’ve gotten from the different jobs I’ve tried, what I’ve learned about selling items at flea markets, and tips about using some of the features on computers, such as Windows Live Photo Gallery, and other things as well.

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Me at Chanticleer Point and Vista House. 9/18/2015

What to Do When You Experience a Power Outage

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You don’t realise just how much we come to rely on the energy that powers our homes until it cuts out. Once the power goes, we cannot light our properties, cook our food, shower or complete our beauty regime, or entertain ourselves with television, games, and laptops. An extended outage can cause stores to close, disrupt communications and transportation, cause food spoilage, and even prevent use of medical devices. It’s not all too surprising that this can cause serious disruption to our lives and is a relatively daunting situation to face. But not to worry. Here are some steps that you can take in order to tide yourself through a power shortage as effectively as possible.


Seeing as you can never be entirely sure when a power outage will occur, it can prove to be a relatively difficult situation to deal with. However, there are a few preparatory steps that you can take which will help to see you through the situation seamlessly if you do experience it down the line.

Invest in a Generator

The first, and perhaps most effective, step that you can take is to have a power generator installed in your home. This works as a great back up supply of energy that can simply be switched on and used as and when needed. This will quite literally allow you to carry on about your day to day tasks and business without having to wait for power to return. Make sure to have your generator installed by reliable professionals, such as Assurance Power Systems. This will give you the best chances of your generator working properly and always being something to fall back on in times of need.

Stock Up on Candles

If you do not intend to invest in a generator, there are other steps that you can take. Consider stocking up on a bag of tealights and a few lighters or boxes of matches. While these will not power your standard electrics, they can be used to light up your property when your electric lights shut out if it starts to get dark. This way, at least you will be able to find your way around your home! Just make sure that candles aren’t left lit unsupervised, as this poses a safety hazard.

Purchase a Portable Charger

You may need to get in touch with various different people when you experience a power outage. The first number that you should call is 105. This is a nationwide number that will connect you to your local electric network operator. They will be able to inform you what is happening and when power will be restored. Next, you may want to call for family or friends to let them know what’s happening. This won’t be possible without any charge on your phone. So, purchase a portable charger and ensure it is full at all times. This can then be used to boost your phone’s battery levels.

As you can see, preparation is key when it comes to dealing with a power outage. So, start taking steps to secure yourself today!

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How To Plan For A Family Road Trip

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Planning vacations when you have kids is something that many people would consider a talent in and of itself, and it doesn’t matter whether you’re planning a short trip to visit family in the next state or if you’re flying to the other side of the world, it’s definitely something that is rather stressful – especially the actual traveling part.

However, it’s not all bad and can be made less stressful when you know how to plan ahead for it, and once you have a system in place and actually get used to traveling with your children, then you won’t really notice any major difference between that and traveling on your own.

It’s also a good idea to start traveling with children when they’re as young as possible, because this really helps them get used to it and makes them less likely to be bad or anxious travelers.

The great thing about road trips as a way of traveling with your family is that it offers a setting that can include more home comforts and is less stressful because there’s no waiting around in airports or being crammed into tiny airplane seats with children who are full of energy and losing patience.

In this post, we’ve included some useful tips to help you plan for successful family road trip.

Organize The Mode Of Transport:

Over the years, road trips have gained so much popularity all over the world for their free-spirit approach to travel, but they certainly don’t have to involve being stuck in a small car for days on end with everyone fighting over what music gets played and having to stop for bathroom breaks every hour.

Of course, you may choose to take a road trip in your car, and they can absolutely be comfortable for shorter journeys, but for a bigger vacation-style road trip, then considering an RV or motor home is something a lot of people go for, and they make for a much more comfortable and enjoyable road trip.

Have Safety Checks Carried Out On The Transport:

No matter what kind of travel you do, safety should always come first, so if you’re planning a road trip, then making sure the chosen mode of transport, whether it may a car or RV is currently in good condition that meets the latest safety standards by getting it thoroughly checked before taking off on your road trip.

Have A Clear, But Flexible Plan:

Having a plan when traveling – especially with your family if that includes children is absolutely crucial, even if it’s just for your own sanity, but it’s also important to remember that you simply cannot be in control of every little thing, so having a flexible approach to your plan that leaves room for things to be changed at short notice is key to, not only helping you stay as stress free as possible, but also to having fun, because let’s be honest – vacations are supposed to be fun and not dictated by rigid rules and plans.

Choose Your Route:

The great thing about a road trip is the massive amounts of options you have available for the routes you can take and the things that lie along the way. Of course, you’re not going to be able to see everything in the country, but picking a few landmarks that you really want to visit will help you devise the best possible route. Whether you want to go for a bucket-list road trip across Route 66, or something a bit more low-key, there are certainly no shortage of amazing things to see no matter which route you choose for your road trip.

Anticipate Issues That May Arise:

It’s very rare in general life that everything goes perfectly to plan, and this is even less so the case when traveling, so although we’re certainly not suggesting that you expect bad things to happen, it’s just good sense to be aware of some common issues that may come up when traveling through the country on a road trip.

Stock Up On Supplies:

If you’re traveling in an RV, then you’ll likely have good storage and possibly even cooking facilities, so when you’re traveling from place to place you won’t have to worry about stopping every few hours for fast food. Stocking up on key supplies, such as food, water, and even gas in case you run out is always a good idea to ensure that your road trip goes as smoothly and problem-free as possible.

Get Insurance:

When traveling anywhere, it’s always highly recommended to take out travel insurance, but when going somewhere on a road-trip, then ensuring that you have the correct car insurance or insurance for your RV is crucial, not only from a legal perspective, but for safety reasons. You can discover more about the various types of auto insurance available online.

Bring Entertainment For Children:

Whilst you may be happy simply taking in the beautiful and varied scenery along the way throughout your road trip, children – especially younger ones are not so easily entertained, so making sure you bring plenty to keep them occupied during the trip is a good idea. This can include things like bringing an iPad loaded with their favorite shows and movies, board games you can all play together, or even craft sets and coloring books and will definitely go a long way to ensuring an enjoyable and relaxing road trip for everyone involved.

Bring Your Paperwork:

Simply just having insurance and a contract for your RV is not enough, you need to make sure you have them with you just in case you do get stopped and are asked to prove anything. It could also be a good idea to bring copies of passports and birth certificates as proof of identity if ever needed. Likewise, making sure you have a clean driving record with no outstanding convictions, charges or warrants is something you should absolutely take care of because this could cause major problems during your road trip if you don’t.

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Trip Tease: How To Stop A Road Trip From Being A Dud



There is nothing better than the thought of you and your friends hitting the open road. Some people even plan trips at Thanksgiving and the holidays because they love the feeling of freedom. Sitting behind the wheel and visiting every city on the map, and ones that aren’t is a special experience.

Of course, not everybody enjoys the trip as much as others. Like all vacations, there are roadblocks which you need to bypass if you’re going to have a memorable journey. Otherwise, the thought of the trip will be better than the real-life moments and that’s just a tease.

Below you’ll find a few things to consider before starting the engine.

Choose Your Traveling Buddies Wisely

Part of the trip is figuring out how to get along with your friends for the duration. Lots of BFFs fall out and argue because being cooped up all day is too much to handle. So, it makes sense to ask people who are easy going and laid back, or who like to plan stuff. Then, you can bounce off one another and get along. Also, don’t forget about their driving skills. For one thing, do they have a license? There is nothing worse than having to hold back because you’re the designated driver.

Pool Your Money

Okay, there’s no need to take out a joint bank account, but you don’t want to have more money than your friend, either. Resentment occurs when people can’t do the things they want because they don’t have enough cash. Awkward! So, instead of splitting, you can pool both funds and drive a little further before coming home. Plus, it stops the inevitable “who paid for what?” fights that break out. Because the costs are split, there is no need to argue over money or miss out on the chance of a lifetime.

Bring A Repair Kit

Sure, there is a recovery number in the glove compartment and you’ll call it when something goes wrong. There are two problems with this plan: A) they might not arrive and B) it could take ages to find your location. Considering the majority of car issues are cosmetic, you can repair them by the side of the road with the right tools. Check out www.peakhd.com for a range of antifreeze options which will get the engine going again in the winter weather. As always, a wrench, a jack, and a spare tire are essentials. See www.hagerty.com for a full list.

Screw The Plan

There will be a plan of attack, one that you’ll try to follow to the letter. However, in the true Emma Chase spirit, it’s best to leave it behind and go with the flow. By all means, stop off at the destinations which you’ve wanted to see for a while, but don’t stress about the others. Because it’s about the things that happen in between, not the destination, stopping off in small towns and villages is where you’ll have the most fun.

Don’t you think the best type of fun is spontaneous?

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Measuring Your Business Performance

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When you run any kind of business, one of the most important things that you can do is to measure its performance on a regular basis. Otherwise, it is impossible to know whether or not you are achieving success and if there are any improvements which can be made. Of course, there are all sorts of different measures which you can put into place depending on the type of company that you are running, but there are also plenty of general indicators which can help you to tell how well things are going. Take a look at this advice to help you out when it comes to measuring business performance.

Identify Your Goals

Before you do anything, you need to work out what your goals are in the first place. What is it that you are aiming to accomplish? Perhaps you are looking to hit certain sales targets. Maybe you are wanting to achieve a certain market share. It could be that you want to up the online traffic which you are currently getting. Until you know what you are looking for, it is going to be next to impossible to measure the performance of your business.

Develop Some Key Performance Indicators

Once you have got your goals clearly in mind, the next step is to develop a set of key performance indicators. Perhaps you are used to only relying on financial statements or other sales results as being a primary indicator of your business performance. But there are plenty of other KPIs which you can look to develop depending on what you are trying to achieve and which direction you are heading in. Just a few possible examples of the KPIs which you could put into place include customer retention rate, workforce turnover, market share, product quality etc.

Measure Your Outgoings

All businesses should be looking to cut costs while also making sure that they don’t sacrifice performance. There are all sorts of different ways out there of reducing your expenditures such as moving towards a more digital market, changing your suppliers and ordering in bulk when it comes to Gas Oil Drums etc, and switching to cheaper and/or greener equipment. Reducing your outgoings is something which you should be looking into on a regular basis.

Take Stock of What is Important

It may be tricky to measure all your business performance in one go, so you should think about which items which you would like to focus on as a matter of importance. Perhaps you would like to focus a lot of your attention on improving product quality. Just because you are doing this, it doesn’t mean that you have to totally ignore your other responsibilities. But you may find that your attention is too divided if you try to do a million different things all at once.  

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Keeping Your Basement as Dry as Possible

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Basements can become damp places extremely easily. But in order to protect the structure of your home and to avoid extensive damage that could end up costing you a whole lot of money down the line, you need to make a thorough and consistent effort to keep your basement as dry as possible. This can help you to prevent water damage, as well as the growth of mold, fungus and mildew (which can trigger asthma, allergies and illness). Here are a few simple steps that you can carry out in order to achieve this!

Carry Out Waterproofing

As the old saying goes, prevention is better than cure, and there are preventative steps that you can take in order to prevent your basement from becoming damp. An effective basement waterproofing system can remove water seventy percent faster than standard methods of drainage. It will protect the interior of your basement from any incoming moisture and it has the added bonus of ensuring that your basement looks “finished”. You can learn more about this process by visiting HelitechOnline.com.

Use Water Resistant Paint

The houseproud amongst us will generally paint our basement walls to prevent the space from looking like a grey and barren space that could be taken straight from a horror movie. But before your paint your basement walls, make sure to browse the market for some high-quality water-resistant paint. Many homeowners find that moisture and condensation in their basement can cause their walls to “weep”, but this doesn’t have to be the case. Water resistant paint can help to prevent this issue from developing.

Invest in a Dehumidifier

Increasing numbers of us are investing in dehumidifiers to improve the air quality in the main body of our home. So why not purchase one for your basement too? If there’s any area of your property that needs a dehumidifier, it’s safe to say the basement is probably it! A dehumidifier will absorb excess moisture from your basement. If your basement is large, you may need more than one. Consult a sales assistant for advice regarding how many dehumidifiers you will need for the space that you have.

Direct Appliance Vents Outdoors

Many of us will place some of our appliances in our basement space in order to free up room in the main body of our home. If you have a washer, a dryer, a refrigerator, or a freezer in your basement, make sure their vents are directed outdoors. Also check these appliances regularly for leaks and call in a maintenance workers to repair any faults as soon as they are identified.

It may be relatively difficult keeping your basement dry, but your efforts will be worth it in the long run! A dry basement can prevent structural damage and can also ensure that the space is pleasant rather than damp and odorous.

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How to Land a Job Over the Holidays

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How to Land a Job Over the Holidays

While many people like to spend the holidays lying on a couch watching TV, others take the opportunity to make some extra cash. Businesses always need additional staff during the holiday season, which makes it a great time to look for work — especially if you don’t have much experience and are just starting out in your career. Whether this is your first job hunt or you’re a seasoned seasonal worker, here’s what you should keep in mind.

Choosing a Job

When it comes to looking for work, many people like to just apply for every available job. However, this is not necessarily a smart use of your time. It is a much better idea to narrow down what you’d like to do and focus on that area. You can then expand your scope as the job hunt continues. It’s a good idea to start as soon as possible, as companies start hiring for the holidays in the fall, and being proactive may place you ahead of the curve.

Don’t think that the only holiday job is retail. There are plenty of other high-paying seasonal jobs available, so take a minute to think outside the box. If you’re still struggling to come up with ideas, this article has some great tips on how to think like a seasonal job hunter.

Also, consider whether getting a holiday job is the best choice for you. There are several advantages, but are you willing to spend most of the holidays working? Getting a seasonal job is a big responsibility, so make sure you understand both the pros and cons before applying.

Sending Resumes

For many people, creating and sending resumes is the most frustrating part of job hunting. However, it really doesn’t have to be the case. As long as your resume looks professional, it can be enough to land you a good job. That said, it’s a good idea to check out sample resumes for different industries to see what you should be aiming for.

If a cover letter is required and you’re applying to loads of jobs, you should at least create different templates for different types of work — say, one for serving and one for retail. If there’s a job that you are really passionate about, write a separate cover letter from scratch — employers can usually tell the difference, and it can set you apart.

The Interview

If the resume stage has gone well, you will be invited to an interview. This is usually the scariest part, especially if you don’t have a lot of experience being interviewed, but it’s actually a lot more straightforward than you might imagine. Jobs in each industry tend to ask more or less the same questions, so prepare by writing down your answers to them.

Some interview questions are kind of tricky, especially around the holidays. This is because companies want to hire someone who seems committed but is still only willing to work for a few weeks. Monster has some great advice on how to deal with these holiday curveballs.

Finally, don’t be discouraged. Job hunting can be a tedious process, but it is one of the most important skills you can develop. Looking for work during the holidays is great practice, and you are more or less guaranteed to find something if you follow these tips and don’t give up. It will all be worth it when you get your first paycheck.

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The Fiscal Fight Against Disability Debt

Whether you were born with a disability or have recently been disabled following a recent illness or injury, good money management is of paramount importance. The cost of disabled living can be demanding even for those lucky enough to still be able to carry on with their jobs and careers after their disabilities manifest. If left unchecked, this can lead to a disability debt spiral which can be ruinous to one’s physical and psychological wellbeing. Financial wellness is one of many areas in which the disabled find that they have to work a little harder than their able bodies counterparts, especially when disability insurance claims are rejected or insurers place caps on how much you can earn while claiming. Whether you work on a freelance basis or for an employer, here are some ways in which you can improve your financial health and ease the psychological, emotional and logistical stranglehold that disability debt can have on your life and work…

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Talk to a lawyer if your disability insurance claim is rejected

It can be an extremely dispiriting experience when one’s disability insurance claim is denied. It can even lead the claimant to question whether they are suffering from a bona fide disability. In ,many cases, however, just because a claim has been rejected doesn’t mean that a claimant does not have legitimate grounds for a claim. In most cases it helps to have an attorney check over your claim and / or launch an appeal on your behalf. Check here to see how a dedicated long term disability lawyer can help you. When you know that you can claim that to which you are entitled this can ease the financial pressure on you and contribute enormously to your psychological well-being.

Find ways to save every day

While those in the disabled community face specific expenses and financial difficulties which their able-bodied counterparts do not, sometimes using the good old-fashioned saving techniques available to all of us can make a big difference. Clip coupons, look for voucher codes, take advantage of introductory offers, do free trials and find ways to save on the little things every day. All of these little savings add up to make a big difference by the end of the year!

Remember your tax deductions

Remember that when it comes to your taxes, disabled people may qualify for tax deductions, credits and income exclusions which may ease the burden placed upon you when saving for your taxes. It’s worth hiring an accountant to ensure that you claim for every expense incurred in your professional activities. Indeed, there may be many things which they can help you with that you were not aware that you could claim for. At the very least it behoves you to take a look at the IRS website and see what you may be entitled to.

Managing your debts

Finally, managing your debts is an important aspect of financial wellbeing. The simple truth is that for all but the most privileged of us, living debt-free in the 21st century is an unattainable pipe-dream. Debts can quickly spiral out of control when they all have different interest rates, all come out of your bank on different days of the month and can wreak havoc on your credit rating.

Consolidating your debts makes them much easier to manage as it replaces them with a single monthly payment with a set interest rates. Because a consolidation loan buys out all of your previous debts, it can also seriously boost your credit score!

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