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Fold the prominent holiday in America. Yet, it does have a long and notable history as one of the cut flaps of paper world's principal festivals. The origin of the May Day as a day for celebration dates back to straight way up. (as the days, even before the birth of Christ. And like many ancient festivals it too has a Pagan connection. shown in the picture) For the Druids of the British Isles, May 1 was the second most important holiday of the year. 5. For the sides of the Because, it was when the festival of Beltane held. It was thought that the day divides the hat, cut a strip of paper year into half. The other half was to be ended with the Samhain on November 1. Those days 7.5 cm/3 inches wide the May Day custom was the setting of new fire. It was one of those ancient New Year rites and long enough to fit performed throughout the world. And the fire itself was thought to lend life to the burgeoning around the folded-up springtime sun. Cattle were driven through the fire to purify them. Men, with their edge of the paper sweethearts, passed through the smoke for seeing good luck. circle. Then draw a line lengthways down Then the Romans came to occupy the British Isles. The beginning of May was a very the middle of the popular feast time for the Romans. It was devoted primarily to the worship of Flora, the paper. goddess of flowers. It was in her honor a five day celebration, called the Floralia, was held. The five day festival would start from April 28 and end on May 2. The Romans brought in the 6.Make even cuts in rituals of the Floralia festival in the British Isles. And gradually the rituals of the Floralia were the same way as added to those of the Beltane. And many of today's customs on the May Day bear a stark before along the drawn similarity with those combined traditions. line on the paper strip. Spread glue along the May day observance was discouraged during the Puritans. Though, it was relived when the outer uncut side. Puritans lost power in England, it didn't have the same robust force. Gradually, it came to be regarded more as a day of joy and merriment for the kids, rather than a day of observing the 7.Stick the glued side ancient fertility rights. of the paper band around the edge of the By the Middle Ages every English village had its Maypole. The bringing in of the Maypole paper circle, ensuring from the woods was a great occasion and was accompanied by much rejoicing and that all the cut strips merrymaking. The Maypoles were of all sizes. And one village would vie with another to are neatly attached to show who could produce the tallest Maypole. Maypoles were usually set up for the day in it. small towns, but in London and the larger towns they were erected permanently. 8.Cut a larger circle of The Maypole tradition suffered a setback for about a couple of decades since the Puritan card of contrasting Long Parliament stopped it in 1644. However, with the return of the Stuarts, the Maypole color for the brim. reappeared and the festivities of May Day were again enjoyed. One of the great Maypoles, Ideally it should be 7.5 was cm/ 3 inches wider all The changes brought about by the Reformation included attempts to do away with practices around than the crown. that were obviously of pagan origin. But the Maypole, or, May tree, was not issued in practice at the behest of the second Stuart. 9. Cut out a circle from the center of the brim Although they succeeded in doing this, Maypole with most of the other traditions, many still that measures the survived. And Maypole is one of them. In France it merely changed its name. In Perigord same diameter as the and elsewhere, the May Tree became the "Tree of Liberty" and was the symbol of the crown. Place the French Revolution. Despite the new nomenclature, the peasants treated the tree in the same crown right way up on traditional spirit. And they would dance around it the same way as their forefathers had a surface, with the cut always done. strips around the sides of the hat folded Maypoles and trees: outwards. Then slide the brim into position. Trees have been linked to a part of celebration, perhaps, to the days ancient New Year rites. When you know it fits The association of trees to this celebration has come riding on the back of the spring festival neatly, turn the hat in ancient Europe. Trees have always been the symbol of the great vitality and fertility of over. And glue the cut nature and were often used at the spring festivals of antiquity. The anthropologist E. O. strips in place on the James finds a strong relationship between the ancient tree related traditions of the British brim. Secure them with and the Romans. According to James' description, as a part of the May Day celebration, the transparent tape and youths in old Europe cut down a tree, lopped off the branches leaving a few at the top. They leave to dry. then wrapped it round with violets like the figure of the Attis, the ancient Roman god. At sunrise, they used to take it back to their villages by blowing horns and flutes. In a similar 10. Add finishing manner, the sacred pine tree representing the god Attis was carried in procession to the touches with wide temple of Cybele on Rome's Palatine Hill during the Spring Festival of March 22. ribbons, bows and flowers. Roots of May Day celebration in America: The Puritans frowned on May Day, so the day has never been celebrated with as much enthusiasm in the United States as in Great Britain. But the tradition of celebrating May Day by dancing and singing around a maypole, tied with colorful streamers or ribbons, survived Bike Safety as a part of the English tradition. The kids celebrating the day by moving back and forth around the pole with the the streamers, choosing of May queen, and hanging of May baskets on the doorknobs of folks -- are all the leftovers of the old European traditions. May Day Customs: May Day is a time to celebrate the onset of May, the month that sees the Earth reaching itself ready to burgeon to its maximum capacity. Since the ancient days in England there prevailed a custom of "bringing in the May" on MayDay. This was why people would go to the woods in the early dawn. There they picked flowers and lopped off tender branches to bring them in and decorate the houses. May Day and flowers: It has always been strongly associated with flowers. Partly may be because of their availability in abundance. But that is not all. There are other reasons as well. For instance, It's a beautiful day — the May Garland and beggar girls. the sun is shining, the birds are chirping. Making garland is one of those ancient May Day customs that has survived still today. May What could be more garlands, is meant for the coming of summer. May garlands were also used while begging perfect than a bike by the kids from door to door. At other times of the year begging would have been an ride? But wait! Before offence. But if it was done at May time with a garland. This is why groups of small girls, you pull your bike out crowned with leaves and flowers, went from door to door singing and begging. of the garage, let's find out how to stay safe Maypole dance: on two wheels. Why Is Bicycle Safety So Important? Bike riding is a lot of fun, but accidents happen. Every year, about 300,000 kids go to the emergency On the first day of May, English villagers woke up at daybreak to roam the countryside department because of gathering blossoming flowers and branches. A towering maypole was set up on the village bike injuries. Some of green. This pole, usually made of the trunk of a tall birch tree, was decorated with bright field these injuries are so flowers. The villagers then danced and sang around the maypole, accompanied by a piper. serious that children May Queen: die, usually from head Also part of the celebration was the crowning of a May Queen. When the sun rose, the injuries. maypole was decked with leaves, flowers and ribbons while dancing and singing went on around it. The Queen was chosen from the pretty girls of the village to reign over the May A head injury can Day festivities. Crowned on a flower-covered throne, she was drawn in a decorated cart by mean brain injury. young men or her maids of honor to the village green. She would be crowned there right on That's why it's so the green spot. She was set in an arbor of flowers and often the dancing was performed important to wear your around her, rather than around the Maypole. bike helmet. Wearing one doesn't mean you Morris Dance: can be reckless, but a Another colorful feature of the this celebration was the energetic Morris dance. Groups of helmet will provide men dance together in costumes of traditional characters, often animal-men, in ceremonial some protection for folk dances. The central figure of the dances, usually an animal-man, varies considerably in your head and brain in importance. The name Morris is also associated with the horn dance held each year at case you fall down. Abbots Bromley, Staffordshire, England. This dance-procession includes six animal-men bearing deer antlers, three white and three black sets; a man-woman, or Maid Marian, and a A Helmet How-To fool. These dances are still performed in England. And also survive in various parts of Europe, Bike helmets are so Asia, and, America. One such comparable surviving animal custom is the May Day important that the U.S. procession of a man-horse, notably at Padstow, Cornwall. There, the central figure, "Oss government has Oss," is a witch doctor disguised as a horse and wearing a medicine mask. The dancers are created safety attendants who sing the May Day song, beat drums, and in turn act the horse or dance in standards for them. attendance. The name Morris is also associated with groups of mummers who act, rather Your helmet should than dance, the death-and-survival rite at the turn of the year. have a sticker that says it meets Throughout history, the Morris seems to have been common. It was imported from village standards set by the festivities into popular entertainment after the invention of the court masque by Henry VIII. Consumer Product The word Morris apparently derived from "morisco," meaning "Moorish." Cecil Sharp, whose Safety Commission collecting of Morris dances preserved many from extinction, suggested that it might have (CPSC). If your helmet arisen from the dancers' blacking their faces as part of the necessary ritual disguise. The doesn't have a CPSC name Morris dance is sometimes loosely applied to sword dances in which a group of men sticker, ask your mom weave their swords into intricate patterns. or dad to get you one that does. Always Facewashing in May Dew: wear a bike helmet, Washing the face with May dew was yet another custom. There was a belief among the even if you are going women in Great Britain and other parts of Europe those days that May Day dew has the for a short ride. power to restore beauty. This why in the Ozark Mountains, a cradle of American folklore, Your bike helmet girls used to nurture a belief that having their faces washed with the early dawn dews on the should fit you properly. May Day would help to be married to the man of her choice. You don't want it too small or too big. Never wear a hat under your bike helmet. If you're unsure if your helmet fits you well, ask someone at a bike store. Once you have the Cinco de Mayo History right helmet, you need to wear it the right way so it will protect you. It should be worn level and cover your forehead. Don't tip it back so your forehead is showing. The straps should always be fastened. If the straps are flying, it's likely to fall off your head when you need it most. Make sure the straps are adjusted so they're The 5th of May is not Mexican Independence Day, but it should be! And Cinco de Mayo is snug enough that you not an American holiday, but it should be. Mexico declared its independence from mother can't pull or twist the Spain on midnight, the 15th of September, 1810. And it took 11 years before the first helmet around on your Spanish soldiers were told and forced to leave Mexico. head. So, why Cinco de Mayo? And why should Americans savor this day as well? Because Take care of your bike 4,000 Mexican soldiers smashed the French and traitor Mexican army of 8,000 at Puebla, helmet and don't throw Mexico, 100 miles east of Mexico City on the morning of May 5, 1862. it around. That could damage the helmet The French had landed in Mexico (along with Spanish and English troops) five months and it won't protect you earlier on the pretext of collecting Mexican debts from the newly elected government of as well when you democratic President (and Indian) Benito Juarez. The English and Spanish quickly made really need it. If you do deals and left. The French, however, had different ideas. fall down and put your helmet to the test, be Under Emperor Napoleon III, who detested the United States, the French came to stay. sure to get a new one. They brought a Hapsburg prince with them to rule the new Mexican empire. His name was They don't work as Maximilian; his wife, Carolota. Napoleon's French Army had not been defeated in 50 years, well after a major and it invaded Mexico with the finest modern equipment and with a newly reconstituted crash. Foreign Legion. The French were not afraid of anyone, especially since the United States Many bike helmets was embroiled in its own Civil War. today are lightweight and come in cool The French Army left the port of Vera Cruz to attack Mexico City to the west, as the French colors. If you don't love assumed that the Mexicans would give up should their capital fall to the enemy -- as yours as it is, European countries traditionally did. personalize it with some of your favorite stickers. Reflective stickers are a great choice because they look cool and make you more visible to people driving cars. Helmet On, Now What? Riding a bike that is the right size for you Under the command of Texas-born General Zaragosa, (and the cavalry under the command also help keeps you of Colonel Porfirio Diaz, later to be Mexico's president and dictator), the Mexicans awaited. safe. Brightly dressed French Dragoons led the enemy columns. The Mexican Army was less When you are on your stylish. bicycle, stand straddling the top bar General Zaragosa ordered Colonel Diaz to take his cavalry, the best in the world, out to the of your bike so that French flanks. In response, the French did a most stupid thing; they sent their cavalry off to both feet are flat on chase Diaz and his men, who proceeded to butcher them. The remaining French the ground. There infantrymen charged the Mexican defenders through sloppy mud from a thunderstorm and should be 1 to 3 through hundreds of head of stampeding cattle stirred up by Indians armed only with inches (2.5 to 7.6 machetes. centimeters) of space between you and the When the battle was over, many French were killed or wounded and their cavalry was being top bar. chased by Diaz' superb horsemen miles away. The Mexicans had won a great victory that kept Napoleon III from supplying the confederate rebels for another year, allowing the United Here's a safety States to build the greatest army the world had ever seen. This grand army smashed the checklist your mom or Confederates at Gettysburg just 14 months after the battle of Puebla, essentially ending the dad can help you do: Civil War. Make sure your seat, Union forces were then rushed to the Texas/Mexican border under General Phil Sheridan, handlebars, and who made sure that the Mexicans got all the weapons and ammunition they needed to expel wheels fit tightly. the French. American soldiers were discharged with their uniforms and rifles if they Check and oil your promised to join the Mexican Army to fight the French. The American Legion of Honor chain regularly. marched in the Victory Parade in Mexico, City. Check your brakes to be sure they work well and aren't sticking. Check your tires to make sure they have enough air and the right amount of tire pressure. Be Seen, Be Safe! Wearing bright clothes and putting reflectors on your bike also can It might be a historical stretch to credit the survival of the United States to those brave 4,000 help you stay safe. It Mexicans who faced an army twice as large in 1862. But who knows? helps other people on the road see you. And In gratitude, thousands of Mexicans crossed the border after Pearl Harbor to join the U.S. if they see you, that Armed Forces. As recently as the Persian Gulf War, Mexicans flooded American consulates means they're less with phone calls, trying to join up and fight another war for America. likely to run into you. You'll also want to make sure that nothing will get caught in your bike chain, such as loose pant legs, backpack straps, or shoelaces. Wear the right shoes — sneakers — when you bike. Sandals, flip- flops, shoes with heels, and cleats won't help you grip the pedals. And never go Mexicans, you see, never forget who their friends are, and neither do Americans. That's riding barefoot! Riding why Cinco de Mayo is such a party -- A party that celebrates freedom and liberty. There are gloves may help you two ideals which Mexicans and Americans have fought shoulder to shoulder to protect, ever grip the handlebars — since the 5th of May, 1862. VIVA! el CINCO DE MAYO!! and make you look like a professional! But avoid wearing headphones because the music can distract you from noises around you, such as a car blowing its horn so you can get out of the way. Where to Ride You need to check with your mom and dad about where you're allowed to ride your bike. You need to Plan a Cinco de Mayo Meal know how far you're allowed to go and From appetizer through dessert, here is your cinco de mayo meal plan! whether you should ride on the sidewalk on in the street. Kids younger than 10 years Mexican Layered Dip should ride on the Your appetizer sidewalk and avoid the street. No matter where you ride, you need to keep an eye out for cars and trucks. Even if you're just riding on sidewalk, a car may pull out of its driveway into the path of your bike. If you're crossing a busy road, it's best to walk your bike across the street. A bike path free of cars is a great choice if Makes: 5 cups or 40 servings, 2 Tbsp. each there's one in your area. Just remember Ingredients: to share the path with the other riders, walkers, and strollers 1 pkg. (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Neufchatel Cheese, softened who also might be 1 Tbsp. TACO BELL® HOME ORIGINALS® Taco Seasoning Mix using it! And if you're 1 cup TACO BELL® HOME ORIGINALS® Thick 'N Chunky Salsa going on a long ride, 1 cup drained canned black beans, rinsed bring some water 4 green onions, chopped along with you. 1 cup KRAFT 2% Milk Shredded Reduced Fat Cheddar Cheese 1 cup shredded lettuce Keep an eye on the 2 Tbsp. sliced black olives road ahead so you can 3 pkg. (13 oz. each) baked tortilla chips be prepared for big Make It hills and road obstacles. Some BEAT Neufchatel cheese in medium bowl with electric mixer until creamy. Add seasoning common ones that can mix; beat until well blended. Spread onto bottom of serving plate or 9-inch pie plate. cause falls include: wet leaves big puddles changes in the road Sangria Punch surface Your drink storm grates gravel or rocks curbs little kids in your way! Road Rules If you're allowed to ride on the street, follow these road rules: Always ride with your hands on the handlebars. Always stop and check for traffic in both Makes: 8 servings, 1 cup each directions when leaving your driveway, 3/4 cup COUNTRY TIME Lemonade or Pink Lemonade Flavor Drink Mix an alley, or a curb. 1 qt. (4 cups) cold reduced calorie cranberry juice cocktail Cross at intersections. 1 cup cold orange juice When you pull out 1 Tbsp. fresh lime juice between parked cars, 3 cups cold club soda drivers can't see you 2 medium oranges, sliced coming. 2 medium limes, sliced Walk your bike across Make It busy intersections using the crosswalk EMPTY drink mix into large pitcher. Add cranberry juice cocktail, orange juice and lime juice; and following traffic stir until drink mix is completely dissolved. signals. REFRIGERATE until ready to serve. Ride on the right-hand STIR in club soda and fruit. Serve over ice cubes in tall glasses. side of the street, so you travel in the same direction as cars do. Never ride against 7-Layer Mexican Salad traffic. Your salad Use bike lanes or designated bike routes wherever you can. Don't ride too close to parked cars. Doors can open suddenly. Stop at all stop signs and obey street (red) lights just as cars do. Ride single file on the street with friends. When passing other bikers or people on the street, always pass to their left side, and call out "On your left!" so they know that you are coming. May is High Blood Makes: Pressure 2 servings Month 1-1/2 cups torn spinach leaves 1 small tomato, seeded, chopped 2 green onions, chopped 3 Tbsp. sliced pitted ripe olives 1/2 cup canned kidney beans, drained, rinsed 1/2 cup KRAFT Shredded Cheddar Cheese 2 Tbsp. KRAFT Light Ranch Dressing 3 Tbsp. TACO BELL® HOME ORIGINALS® Thick 'N Chunky Salsa Make It Nearly 50 million LAYER spinach, tomato, onions, olives, beans and cheese in serving bowl. Drizzle with Americans have high dressing and salsa. Cover. blood pressure. Of them, REFRIGERATE several hours or until chilled. Garnish with chopped cilantro, if desired. a little more than half are TOP with all remaining ingredients except chips; cover. being treated for high REFRIGERATE at least 1 hour before serving. Serve with the chips. blood pressure and less than 30 percent have it under control, says the Otsego County Chicken and Sour Cream Enchiladas Department of Health. Your main course One third of people with high blood pressure do not even know that they have it. That’s why this May, during High Blood Pressure Month, people should make a point to know their blood pressure numbers. If left untreated, high blood pressure greatly increases risk for stroke, heart attack, kidney and eye damage. Makes: 5 servings, 2 enchiladas each Although the exact cause of high blood pressure is 2 cups chopped cooked chicken not known, a number of 1 cup BREAKSTONE'S or KNUDSEN Sour Cream factors are associated 1-1/2 cups KRAFT 2% Milk Shredded Reduced Fat Colby & Monterey Jack Cheese, divided with the 1 cup TACO BELL® HOME ORIGINALS® Thick 'N Chunky Salsa, divided condition. People with 2 Tbsp. chopped cilantro diabetes or a family 1 tsp. ground cumin history of high blood 10 TACO BELL® HOME ORIGINALS® Flour Tortillas pressure are at increased 1 cup shredded lettuce risk. Men and people 1 medium tomato, chopped (about 1/2 cup) over the age of 60 are Make It also at greater risk. PREHEAT oven to 350° Mix chicken, sour cream, 1 cup of the cheese, 1/4 cup of the F. You can prevent or delay salsa, the cilantro and cumin until well blended. the development of high blood pressure by: Frozen Cinco De Mayo Dessert • maintaining a healthy Your dessert (DELICIOUS) weight, • getting at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day, • eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products, • limiting the use of salt or high sodium foods, • avoiding tobacco products; and • limiting alcohol to no more than two drinks a day for men and no more than 1 drink a day for women. Makes: 24 servings You usually do not experience symptoms Ingredients with high blood pressure. A visit to your health 61 NILLA Wafers, divided care provider is the only 1 cup BAKER'S ANGEL FLAKE Coconut, toasted (Toasting coconut is easy. Just spread way to find out if you F BAKER'S ANGEL FLAKE Coconut evenly in shallow baking pan. Bake at 350° for 7 to 10 have this condition. It’s a min. or until lightly browned, stirring frequently. Or, spread in microwaveable pie plate. good practice to have Microwave on HIGH 3 min. or until lightly browned, stirring every minute. Watch carefully as your blood pressure coconut can easily burn!) checked at least once a 1/2 cup PLANTERS Almonds, toasted, finely chopped year, and more 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, melted frequently if you’ve been 1 qt. (4 cups) lime sherbet, softened diagnosed with high 1 qt. (4 cups) orange sherbet, softened blood pressure 1 qt. (4 cups) raspberry sherbet, softened Make It Your blood pressure measurement will be PREHEAT oven to 350° Finely crush 37 of the wafers. Mix wafer crumbs, coconut, F. most accurate if you: almonds and butter until well blended. Press firmly onto bottom of 13x9-inch baking pan. • avoid caffeine, Bake 8 to 10 min. or until lightly browned; cool. smoking, or heavy SPREAD layers of each of the different flavored sherbets over cooled crust, freezing each exercise for at least 30 layer until firm before topping with the next layer. minutes in advance, FREEZE at least 4 hours. Remove from freezer about 10 min. before serving; let stand at • have been seated room temperature to soften slightly. Cut into 24 squares. Top each with 1 of the remaining quietly for at least five 24 wafers just before serving. Store any leftover dessert in freezer. minutes, • are seated on a chair SPOON about 1/4 cup of the chicken mixture down center of each tortilla; roll up. Place, (not an exam table), with seam sides down, in 13x9-inch baking dish. Top with remaining 3/4 cup salsa; cover. your feet on the floor and BAKE 30 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Bake an additional 5 minutes or your arm supported at until cheese is melted. Top with lettuce and tomato just before serving. heart level (by the arm of the chair, or a table). Your health care provider may want to take a second measurement at the same visit. And, be sure to ask Flowers what your numbers are. If your blood pressure is Find and circle all of the flowers that are hidden in the grid. found to be high, the first course of treatment The remaining letters spell a secret message - a quotation from Romeo and Juliet. usually involves lifestyle changes such as eating foods low in fat and sodium, controlling your weight, getting regular physical activity, quitting smoking, and avoiding alcohol. Consistently making these changes may lower your blood pressure to normal levels without the use of medications, or reduce the number and amount of medication that you need to take. 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Food May Gardening Tips A great way to avoid stress is to avoid walking down the meat aisle at The month of May is a time when the weather can either turn your garden into an Eden, or a the store. Believe it or wasteland. Be aware of the weather forecasts and trends. not, once you cut down, or quit eating red meat, Gardening guides and hardiness zones are based on past years averages, and can't predict you lose your taste for it. a freak frost or snowstorm, or a prolonged spring drought. If a frost or cold weather is in the We still eat it in forecast, protect your tender plants with a mulch, newspapers, light cloth or some type of moderation, but it is not overnight protection or a frost cap made with clear poly film tented over the plants. (Be sure healthy or good for your to remove the plastic tent as soon as the danger is over or your plants will bake in the sun). budget to eat too much of On the other extreme, if the weather is sunny and dry, don't neglect your watering. Most it. There is one purchase flowers and shrubs need about an inch of water each week to perform well, and newly I have to recommend to planted seedlings will perish if their roots are allowed to dry out. everyone. Buy a bread machine. We grind up May is also a time of gardening inspirations and dreams. Look around yourself and notice our own wheat, and then what your neighbors are growing in their gardens and what they are creating in their combine the wheat flour landscapes. Think of how you might utilize some of their ideas along with your own with white (half and half) brainstorms to make your garden just a lil bit better. to make bread. There is nothing more nutritious Here are a few May gardening projects that you can do to help keep your garden looking its and delicious than a fresh best the rest of this season. baked loaf of bread with a bowl of soup. It only takes 5 minutes to make the bread, and the machine is worth every The economy of the meals you make around the bread will make up for the purchase price in no time. Shrubs and trees It's still not too late to fertilize your trees and shrubs. Use a 'Rhododendron' or an 'Evergreen' What's type of plant food to feed evergreens and acid loving plants like Rhododendrons, Camellias, Blooming this Azaleas, and Junipers, etc. Use an all-purpose garden fertilizer (10-10-10) to feed roses, Spring? deciduous shrubs and trees. Be sure to water the fertilizer in thoroughly after it is applied. Puppies and Early flowering deciduous shrubs such as Forsythias, Weigela, and Spiraea should be Kittens! pruned back when they have finished blooming. Cut back a third of the oldest canes to ground level, then cut back one third of the remaining branches by one third of their height. Help your new puppy or kitten off to a good Remove the wilting seed heads from Rhododendrons and Azaleas, so that the plants energy start. Older pets will can go to foliage growth and next years flowers, rather than seeds. also benefit from the following advice. Work lime in the soil around your Hydrangeas to produce pink flowers or Aluminum Sulphate for blue. Choose your new pet wisely. When choosing Remove any sucker growths from fruit trees as soon as they appear. a puppy, evaluate your situation, what your Keep a vigilante eye on the roses. Keep them sprayed for aphids and other pests and expectations are for diseases such as black spot. this pet, and the breed that's right for you. Pines and other conifers can be kept to a compact size by pinching off the new growth Read our article about 'candles'. picking the right puppy, what to Lilacs should be pruned lightly after they finish blooming, removing sucker growths and dead consider and look for. blooms. Feed lilacs in May with a good all purpose 10-10-10 fertilizer after they have finished blooming. If your soil has an acidic pH, work a little lime into the soil as well. Set up a preventative health care program Perennials, annuals, and bulbs with your veterinarian as early as possible. Dahlias, Gladiolas, tuberous Begonias, Lilies and Cannas and other summer flowering bulbs can be planted this month. Gladiolas bulbs may be planted at 2 week increments until the Give your veterinarian first of July to provide you with cut flowers until the first frost. as much information as possible about your Delphiniums, Phlox, Daylilies, Carnations, Aubrietia, Candytuft, Basket of Gold, Primroses, new pet-age, where Coral Bells and Saxifraga and other summer flowering perennials may all be set into the acquired and garden any time in May. vaccination records. Break off wilting Tulip or Daffodil heads but continue to feed and care for the plants until the Follow your foliage has died back naturally. Old plantings of Daffodils may be divided and moved when veterinarian's schedule they have finished blooming, but treat them as growing plants and use care to protect the for initial and booster foliage and roots. Water them thoroughly after transplanting. It is best not to dig or move vaccinations. other spring flowering bulbs until their foliage has ripened and died back. Have your puppy or Pansies, Snapdragons, Dianthus, Petunias, Geraniums, Fuchsias and Impatiens should be kitten examined for ready to plant by mid month. Toward the end of the month, it should be warm enough to internal parasites as plant out the more tender annuals like Salvia, Zinnias, Marigolds, Lobelia. early as possible; severe cases can Lightly side dress perennials with an all-purpose 5-10-10 or 10-10-10 fertilizer. Avoid spilling severely weaken, or the fertilizer on the plant, and use care not to damage the shallow roots when you cultivate it even kill, your new pet. into the soil. Multiple treatments are often necessary. Setting the stakes next to your taller flowers early in the season, will help to support the plant against winds as well as making it easier to 'train'. Start and keep your puppy and kitten on Promptly remove spent flowers from any plant unless your intent is to harvest the seeds. It heartworm prevention consumes the plants energy to produce the seeds, and in many species of plants (especially year round to protect annuals), removing the dead flowers will promote further blooms. against heartworm disease. A monthly tablet can protect your Fruits and veggies friend from a mosquito-carried Carrots, lettuce, potatoes, corn, beans, peas and most popular vegetables (with the disease that can kill. exception of the warmer weather crops) can be seeded or planted into the vegetable garden at any time now. Discuss the important benefits of spaying or Wait until mid to late May before planting the warmer weather crops like tomatoes, squash, neutering your pet with cucumber, pumpkins and peppers. your veterinarian. With a little luck, you may begin to see the first fruit on your strawberries by late this month. Pet proof your home to The birds will enjoy them very much if you don't provide some protective netting over them. help eliminate unsafe Newly planted strawberries should have the blossoms picked off until they become well conditions and established. substances. Know the plants and foods that Gourds may be planted late in the month, if your growing season is long enough. are toxic to pets (not just dogs and cats, but Lawn most all animals). May is a good month to repair your lawn. Fill in the bare spots by slightly loosening surface Provide suitable of the soil and sow a good quality lawn seed over the area evenly. Tamp the seed in gently shelter to protect your and water. Keep the patch moist by covering with light mulch of lawn clippings. pet from extreme weather conditions This is the time to eliminate lawn weeds by hand pulling, or the application of a 'weed and (hot and cold) and feed' fertilizer.... before they go to seed!. other dangers. Setting your mower for a higher cut during the spring months will help the grass to grow in Teach your pet basic fuller and help choke out the weeds. obedience which may help save his or her House Plants life. Check to see if your house plants are root bound. Water them thoroughly and carefully Exercise your pet daily remove them from their pots. If the roots have compacted around the outside of the rootball, for fun and fitness. it is time to repot. Pets may start to suffer from the Carefully examine your houseplants for pests and problems. It is much easier to fight an relentless itch of insect infestation or disease in it's early stages than to wait.... allergies. Know the signs and how to As the growth rate of your house plants increases with the seasons, adjust your feeding soothe your tormented schedule to provide additional food. Feed your plants a good all purpose house plant food at pet. half of the manufacturers recommended rates, increasing the proportion slightly to accommodate growth spurts. Overuse of fertilizers can cause root and foliage burn, as well Follow these hints and as the death of the plant. you and your pet will have a bloomin' great Mist your plants regularly. This adds to the humidity, keeps the leaves cleaner and healthier, spring (fall, winter and and helps to prevent spider mites. summer)! Odds and ends Slugs and snails are out in full force right now. Be sure to take steps to control them now, Spring Clean before they have a chance to reproduce and devastate your garden. Your House The first flowers you'll see will be your weeds. Work to eliminate the weeds (roots and all), in a Weekend before they have a chance to go to seed, or you will be fighting them for years to come! Spring cleaning is a If the weather refuses to cooperate with your gardening plans, and your seeds have refused job few people enjoy. to germinate due to cold and wet conditions, you may want to consider replanting a reserve But it doesn't have to crop (Just in case....) be overwhelming—and you don't have to do it The compost pile should be getting a lot of use these days, both in utilizing this prime garden alone. Working resource, and adding fresh garden refuse to it. The compost pile should be kept damp. together, your family can get it over and Frequent turning will turn your garden waste into flower food much faster. done with in a weekend. Here's how to tackle the job with a Spring car check up minimum of fuss. Get Ready Spring affords the perfect opportunity to take care of your car and evaluate and repair any damage received during the winter. Here is a brief checklist for your automotive spring- Walk through each cleaning and maintenance. room in your house with paper and pen; First, give your vehicle a good washing. Make sure that you thoroughly clean all areas. It is list what you need to important to remove all traces of salt, or other additives that your vehicle may have on its do. surfaces. These and further exposure to heat and or sun can do serious damage to your Take stock of cleaning cars exterior finish. Pay particular attention to cleaning wheel-wells, undercarriage, and rims. supplies and Use a good quality rim cleaner that is safe for the environment. Make sure not to get “over equipment. Buy items spray” on your vehicles paint. The point of washing your vehicle is not just to clean it, but you need. also to serve as an inspection period. Look for new paint chips, scratching, or rust. Have Call a charity these repaired immediately by a qualified detail shop. organization and schedule a time after Closely inspect your windshield for cracks and pits. Repairing any damage early can save your cleaning weekend you from expensive replacement costs. Scrutinize your wiper blades for flexibility or damage. for them to pick up If there are any tears in the blades, if the blades are brittle, or if any retaining clips are items and clothes you missing – replace the set. want give away. Next, get your tire pressure gauge and inflate your tires to the recommended pressures. Keeping your tires at the recommend levels has many benefits. It will save you in fuel costs, your car’s handling and ride quality will not be sacrificed, and your tires will achieve their Get Set tread life. The maximum pressure is embossed on the tires themselves. It is a two digit number followed by the letters: “psi” (for example 35psi). It is important to note that this is not the recommended pressure. The week before spring cleaning, have Check inside your door jamb or owner’s manual for the recommended pressure. Tire rotation family members is recommended every 6000 miles. Take your vehicle to a certified mechanic to perform this declutter for 10 service. Ask for them to also check for any damage and that there is sufficient tread depth. minutes each night. Be ruthless with things How old is your battery? Winter places huge demands on batteries. If your battery is on the like gift boxes, grocery edge of life, replace it. The summer is coming and getting stuck somewhere because of a sacks, old magazines dead battery is unnecessary. and catalogs and craft materials you've saved Evaluate your brake pads and entire breaking system. Check brake oil levels and top-up if to use but haven't. required. Clean out remainders Adjust your anti-freeze/water ratio in your radiator. Aim for a 50/50 mix of coolant to water. from your refrigerator and freezer, and purge Maybe you only drove 2000 miles during the winter – regardless of your mileage, still go for your pantry of food you the oil change. Depending on your location, your oil could have been exposed to some never use. Do one or severely cold temperatures. This means that your oil is already taxed enough. No need to two shelves at a time make it work even harder in the months ahead. during short nightly segments. Make sure that your headlights, turn-signals, and tail lights are all working properly. One light that is often neglected is the reverse light as well as the plate light. Check these as well, and Assign cleaning tasks replace as needed. to family members according to age and Once you have completed your cars check up you are now ready to go down the road skill level. safely! Stock plastic buckets or totes with cleaning supplies. Put trash bags in What Is Cellulite And How To Get Rid Of It central locations for easy access Saturday morning. Attach a long extension cord on your vacuum cleaner so you can move quickly through rooms and hallways. Replace the bag if needed. Spray your oven with oven cleaner Friday night. Put the drip pans from your stove Every woman that has them, hates them - those ripples, dips, and dimples on their thighs, and the ventilating hips, and buttocks. This is cellulite, a.k.a. cottage cheese thighs. Cellulite can settle in, fan/hood filter in a sink regardless of body weight or fitness level. On some you can barely see it, yet on others it's full of hot soapy water. very evident. Let them soak overnight. What is Cellulite Go! It's that dimpling skin that looks like orange peel. It can be found on the thighs, bottom and even the tummy. Slim women can have it too. Get up early Saturday morning and have family members strip bed linens (including mattress pads) and remove curtains that need cleaning. Begin washing. Keep laundry moving from washer to dryer every 30 minutes. Morning Jobs: No miracle cure but there are things you can do... see below Living Areas It is an accumulation of fat, fluid and toxins trapped into a hardened network of elastin and and Bedrooms collagen fibres in the deeper levels of your skin. Try squeezing some of the skin on upper thigh and if it looks lumpy, you have it. The skin might also look whiter and feel colder than the rest of the body. • Vacuum. Moving from Research shows that the majority of women develop some form of cellulite as they age, and room to room, some researchers claim as much as 99% of all women develop some cellulite after 30. use brush attachment to vacuum cobwebs from ceilings and corners, light fixtures, ceiling-fan blades, shutters or blinds, door and window moldings, lamp shades, pictures, windowsills and baseboards. What are the causes? Use Poor diet, stress and lack of exercise, hereditary factors, and hormones seem to play a upholstery factor in whether or not you have cellulite. Hormones seem to be a factor because men attachment to almost don't get cellulite! vacuum drapes and upholstered furniture. • Dust and polish wood furniture, shelves and knickknacks. • Wipe off wood with sponge and mild soapy solution. • Clean mirrors and glass furniture tops. • Flip mattresses and put clean Some researchers believe that cellulite is genetic, while others will tell you that cellulite is linens on caused by eating too much fat, not exercising enough, having poor circulation, collecting beds. toxins in your body, or maybe all of the above. • Dust-mop or vacuum wood All muscles in the body are covered with a padding of fatty, connective tissue, which varies floors and in thickness, and is surrounded by a liquid supplying this "covering" with nourishing and vacuum rugs removing waste products. or carpets. Early Afternoon: The Kitchen • Vacuum ceiling and corners, fan blades and light fixtures. • Vacuum refrigerator coils and front grill. • Defrost freezer if necessary. Wipe off refrigerator shelves. • Clean inside microwave. • Finish cleaning oven and stovetop. Replace drip pans. • Wipe off outside of appliances. • Clean countertops and backsplash. • Disinfect trashcan. This fatty tissue is held in place by a network of fibers, and when the system works well, all • Wipe off waste products are removed from this system resulting in smooth body curves. woodwork, and drawer When the waste removal system start to fail, waste products start building up, and the and cabinet connective tissue becomes saturated with liquid, which then thickens and hardens forming handles. hard pockets that puff up to produce the "orange peel" or "cottage cheese" effect. • Vacuum, mop and wax floor Cellulite sometimes happens after pregnancy, (or being on birth control pills) when the system is flooded with estrogen, or after a traumatic experience, since it interferes with blood circulation, or it can be simple toxin buildup as listed above. Although largely a feminine problem, men can also have cellulite on their stomach and neck Late areas. Afternoon: What can I do about it? Clean Bathrooms Increase your exercise and watch the diet. Avoid sugary snacks and instead reach for fruit and raw veggies. • Remove Drink lots of water to cleanse your system and flush the toxins from your body cells. shower-curtain liners. Wash Avoid coffee and switch to herbal teas. Fruit juices are better than soda too. for five minutes with a If you are into aromatherapy, blend a couple of drops of your favorite into a carrier oil like bath towel on almond for example and GENTLY massage this into the area in question on a daily basis. delicate cycle; hang on a line It will take about 4-6 weeks before you see any results so don't expect to see results on the or shower rod first day and don't expect to see 100% of it disappear. I don't think we could be this lucky but to drip-dry. you can improve things to a great degree. • Launder throw rugs. (Toss Vitamin C has been recommended by cellulite researchers. the bathtub mat in this Swimming is great as is walking and any stretching exercises. load.) • Vacuum Weight training and exercise. Some fitness gurus claim that weight training and exercise ceiling and (combined with proper eating) will put a healthy layer of muscle underneath the fat that can corners, light eventually replace the fat. fixtures, windowsill and Proper eating. Cutting down on excess fat and eliminating toxins from your body may or may baseboards. not cure cellulite, but it is probably good for you anyway. • Spray shower, tub and toilet Brushes, massages, creams. Others encourage "brushing" your legs and massaging them with heavy- daily to provided added circulation, sometimes in combination with thigh creams. duty cleaner. (Be sure to Unfortunately, cellulite is one of those things that women have to face. But rather than open a hopelessly sitting around and watching the bumps multiply, why not fight back? The tools window or turn you need are right at your fingertips and only take a few minutes each day. A little exercise, on exhaust fan whole organic foods, a stimulating massage, a proven cream - fighting cellulite could be first.) Let worse. solutions go to work, then wipe off and rinse clean. • Wipe off woodwork and switch plates, bathroom scale and knickknacks. • Clean mirror and chrome fixtures. • Vacuum floor, then mop floor with disinfectant. Smarter Cleaning Spring clean your computer system Quick tips to make your computer work better • Think gravity. Clean from top Warmer springtime weather is slowly blowing onto the horizon. It’s the time of year to throw to bottom; open the windows, sweep away the last of the winter dust and take charge of cleaning and that's the organizing your household. So why not apply those same principles to your computer? direction the dirt goes. A spring cleaning can help your computer run faster and allow you to work more • Vacuum — productively. instead of Like many home computer users, Shari Becker couldn’t understand why her computer was dusting or so slow and continually crashing. “There were days when I was practically in tears,” admits sweeping — the Boston-based freelance writer. “The machine seemed destined to explode or something, whenever and my work days were getting killed.” possible. It's quicker and If you’re having major problems with your computer, you should place a call to the usually more manufacturer or bring it in to be serviced. But first, a little technological cleaning may put the thorough. hum back in your hard drive. • Use time- saving Get rid of clutter cleaning wipes. “My laptop has a tendency to freeze on me about once a week,” says Melanie Richter, • Don't get director of marketing and development for a Montreal high school and a part-time MBA distracted. If student. “It’s probably because I have a lot of stuff [programs and files] on my desktop. you find a Twenty-seven to be exact.” magazine you've been Patrick Norton, host of online technology show DL.TV, recommends starting your spring looking for cleaning with the most visible items — icons. Look at your system tray or taskbar on the under a bed, bottom right corner. Those small icons represent programs that start up as your computer don't stop to boots. It takes time for your computer to find the icons for all those shortcuts. Remove or read it. turn off unnecessary ones, like Live Messenger, with a swift right click. • Don't clean anything that's And do you need immediate access to all those files, pictures and MP3s on your desktop? not dirty. For Not likely. Categorize them in the Documents, Photos and Music folders to keep them example, wipe organized and eliminate the clutter on your desktop. smudges off a door without Remove old programs cleaning the entire door. If you’ve never used a program that came with your computer or haven’t used it in over a • Work around a year, you may want to consider trashing it. “If you don’t use it, get rid of it,” Norton says room instead emphatically. “It will fill up your hard drive space.” You can’t delete a program by trashing its of files. “If you don’t use the Uninstall command (under Programs and Features in the Control crisscrossing it Panel) or the uninstall program that comes with your program, it’s still there.” Don’t forget to so you don't empty the Recycle Bin afterwards. have to carry supplies and Defrag your computer equipment back and forth. As you work on your computer, information gets stored onto the hard drive in bits and pieces - wherever there is space. To open a certain file, your computer runs around looking for all No help from a the components. Think of it as having various chapters of a book on shelves throughout your spouse? Your children home, explains Norton, and having to find all the sections when you want to read the full too young to help? text. The defrag tool (Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Team up with another Defragmenter) does its best to reorder your hard drive. mom in the same boat. You help her spring Upgrade your operating system clean and she helps you do the same. Two Keep your software and hardware frequently updated to get the best performance out of vacuums and four your system. Updates can be downloaded by visiting the manufacturer’s web site. Windows hands can get both Update (Start > Control Panel > Windows Update) can also scan your system and present a homes done twice as list of updatable items. There is a little reminder box that will occasionally pop up in the right- fast. hand corner of your screen when you start Windows. That reminder will let you know when you need to update. Just clicking on it will install the necessary upgrades for your system. New letter info: Clear your cache If you would like to Every time you visit a new web site, content is stored in your Temporary Internet Files folder, submit articles, pictures, or Cache. Not only does this make surfing the web slower, but it also takes up valuable craft ideas, recipes, etc. space on your hard drive. to the newsletter, please “If [my computer] freezes three times in one day, that’s my sign to clean up,” says Richter. send to: “The problem is that with work and school, I just never used to think it was a priority, but I realize that doing it makes me more efficient.” email@example.com. While on Internet Explorer, click on Tools and then Internet Options. On the General tab under Browsing history, click Delete. You can also set the amount of disk space you want Items need to be such files to use by clicking on Settings and changing the megabytes. submitted prior to the 15th of each month in Assess your memory and tools order to go in the following months The more programs you keep open while you work, the more random access memory, or newsletter. RAM, you need to keep them running smoothly. At least 512 MB of RAM will keep Vista Basic happy, and 1 GB is recommended for Vista Premium, Business or Ultimate. Make We will get the sure your keyboard and office layout are ergonomically correct. Even if your computer is newsletters out no later optimized, efficiency will quickly deteriorate if you develop carpal tunnel syndrome. than the 3rd of each month.
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