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Many of you know the effect of one great song, but how about 3 hours of great songs. There is little in the world that can compare with friends, family, sun, food, and great music! In this series on pulling together the perfect barbecue it is time to delve into the perfect playlist. Obviously, everyone’s tastes are different but we have compiled a list of songs (boy and girl friendly) to help get you started. And here they are in no particular order:
- Cheeseburger in Paradise – Jimmy Buffett
- What part of Forever – Cee Lo Green
- Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
- Sugar, Sugar – Archies
- I want you back – Jackson Five
- No matter what you are – Badfinger
- All right now -Free
- If you wana be happy – Jimmy Soul
- Margaritaville – Jimmy Buffett
- Changes in Lattitude – Jimmy Buffett
- Over the hills and far away – Led Zeppelin
- Take a chance – Abba
- Jump – Pointer Sisters
- Somebody like you -Keith Urban
- Ooh Wee -Ghostface Killah
- Now that we found love -Heavy D
- I can’t get next to you – The Temptations
- As if -Sara Evans
- Suds in the bucket – Sara Evans
- Summer nights – Grease
- Land of 1000 dances – Willson Picket
- I can’t help myself – The Four Tops
- Respect – Aretha Franklin
- Footloose – Kenny loggins
- Let’s hear it for the boy – Deneice Williams
- Hey mama -Black Eyed Peas
- The lazy song – Bruno Mars
- Stay – Maurice Williams & the zodiac
- Without you here – Eric Church
- Living on a prayer – Bon Jovi
- Who says you can’t go home – Bon Jovi
- Water -Brad Paisley
- Fun,fun,fun – The Beach Boys
- Johny B Good – Chuck Berry
- Do you wanna dance – Beach Boys
- Barbara Ann – Beach Boys
- Kocomo – Beach Boys
- Living la vida loco – Ricky Martin
- My Way – Frank Sinatra
- Summer Wind – Frank Sinatra
If you don’t want to go through the trouble of purchasing and compiling this list on your own, you can always grab it on iTunes here (http://c.itunes.apple.com/us/imix/barbecue/id433338230).
Happy grilling…and grooving!
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You read correctly the game that was banned for your protection in 1988 is making a resurgence. The lawn dart supplied decades of fun (and occasionally injury) to thousands of children and adults from the late 1950’s until they were banned. [Read more…]
“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.
The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference.
The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference.
And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.” Elie Wiesel
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There are two types of pests that you might deal with during you Barbecue – the ones with wings and then ones that have two feet and were not invited. We will be covering tactics to keep winged pests away today. I’m sure that you will be able get imaginative and devise your own methods to keep the two legged pests away. So, let’s dig into keeping those winged pests away:
Method #1 :Citronella
This method is one of the most used. Since 1948 Citronella has been approved as an on skin insect repellant. Coincidentally, it works better at repelling insects when it is burnt. The result is citronella candles, tiki torches that burn citronella and many more products.
The bottom line is that burning citronella does work, the only problem is that it will not leave you 100% bite free.
Method #2 :Bug Zapper
The old bug zapper has been around for eons. It is not all that effective, but it can offer ours of entertainment as you watch insects curiously wander to their ultimate demise. We would not recommend using these for your barbecue for repelling insects, but it might be a great source of entertainment.
Method #3: Insect Repellant
There is a number of types of sprays on the market today. Some of the most effective typical contain DEET, but there are suggestions that DEET causes some negative health side effects. So becareful with what you try and keep track of what works best for you.
Method #4: Mosquito Magnet
The mosquito magnet is a unique device that utilizes propane to attract and trap mosquitos. This device works great for mosquitos but is not as effective on some of the other insects out there. The cost of the device is higher than many of the other alternatives, but it does cover a much broader area. If you have 1/2 an acre or more that you are looking to cover then it is definitely worth checking into.
Method #5: Full Body Bug Netting
This method is by far the most effective, but also the least likely to impress and attract friends! Simply wrap your self in bug netting and you should be able to keep all those pesky insects away…and possibly your friends too.
I’m not sure if it is the case where you live, but in Ohio the last couple of months have been rainy! We have had water to spare and even broke an all time rainfall record in April (the previous was set in the 1860s). Nevertheless, there is still a chance that the rain might stop any day and not return for weeks. That very reason is why it is important to know why, when, and how to water your yard for the best results.
Watering your yard is a very important process. The water is not only vital for the plant to survive and complete photosynthesis, but water is also the reason that plants don’t all lay on the ground. The pressure of water inside the cell wall of plants is what causes it stay upright. Once the water starts to leave the cell, then the plant starts to wilt or droop. The image below helps to explain:
- Now complete photosynthesis correctly and turn brown.
- Will not have the cell pressure to stand upright and will lay flat on the ground – and be nearly impossible to mow or dethatch.
The age old questions of when to water has been ongoing for years. Whether you water in the morning or the evening is entirely up to you, but it is commonly accepted to never water in the day time. Daytime water is bad for two reasons. The first is that more of your water will evaporate before it reaches the grass, making watering your lawn an inefficient process. The second reason is that as water droplets sit on the blades of grass they are acting a magnifier of the sun’s rays and in turn are scorching or burning the blades of grass, and killing your grass. So stay away from day time waterings and stick to the early morning or later evening.
Once again, this is a personal preference. There are a number of methods to water, and tools to use to water. You can use a fan sprinkler, rotary sprinkler or purchase a whole sprinkler system that does all the work for you. Any of the options will work fine, and some even offer certain advantages based on your yard size, shape and the time you have in your day.
How long you water and how often is a bit more of an ambiguous question. Alot of people water in the morning everyday that it does not rain for about 15-30 minutes. This allows the ground to get a good soaking of water. This method does work well and people get some good results with this method.
Another school of thought suggests you to water only a couple times per week and water for a long time during those periods. If you choose to go this route, it is important to remember that you may need to employ a method or watering known as soak and wait. The soak and wait method is exactly what it sounds like. Based on the amount of water in the ground, you will start to oversupply the ground with water and instead of soaking the water in it will start to allow the water to run off. When the water starts to run off and not soak in, it is time to stop and wait for 30 minutes or so.
However you choice to water, just remember that it is an important component in lawn care and that it can get expensive. It might be wise to check with your local water provider and see if they offer a deduct meter (which is a great device that can save a decent amount on your water bills, but does require a plumber to install).
“I learned that the only way you are going to get anywhere in life is to work hard at it. Whether you’re a musician, a writer, an athlete or a businessman, there is no getting around it. If you do, you’ll win. If you don’t you won’t.” – Bruce Jenner
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