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May 2009                     Volume 7
Pantry Hours                                     Free Stuff In Quincy Fundraiser
  Mondays 6 to 8 pm                                                  May 9th
 Saturdays 10 am to 12                                             12:00 p.m.
          pm                                                        Kix Club
                                                                  9th and State
Birthdays
10th Brandy
16th Lori
30th Melanie

Anniversaries
5th Mike and Cheryl                     01 Dart Tournament                   Ping Pong Tournament
10th Diane and Randy                     Registration at 12 pm                     Registration at 2
16th Raylene and
David
22nd Free Stuff In                  Foosball Tournament                            Pool Tournament
Quincy (2 years)                         Registration at 4 pm                        Registration at 6 pm

                                                       $10.00 Entry Fee for each event
Events
Dog wood Parade 2nd                       1/2 fee goes to FSIQ and 1/2 fee goes to winner along with
Fund Raiser 9th
Carry In Picnic 22nd                                Great prizes, including “Bar Baskets”

                                                          Gift certificates and more!
 May Day Hat
                                                 Karaoke Contest and dance music by Pizzazz

                                    Door Prizes all day long       Food will be available through Kix Club

                                    Must pre-register for tournaments by April 25th by calling 224-1327

                                    For more information call 224-1327 or log onto www.fsiq.org
A flowery May Day hat
An elegant summer
hat draped with fresh        Business Owners:
flower. Isn't this a great
idea to celebrate the        You can still donate items to give away for the fund
May Day. The real
green way!
                             raiser! Just give us a call to pick up asap (Need no
                             later than May 5th) ! We will appreciate any and
Supplies:
Poster board                 everything you can help us out with! Please call 224-
a marker pen                 1327 to arrange pick up!
one soft pencil
a pair of compasses          Thanks so much!
(one of those found in
the geometry box)
a ruler
                           Some of our donors so far; add your name to the list!
scissors
glue                                 Kix Club            Pizzaz Entertainment                    Mr. Video
transparent tape
twisted paper for
decoration                     Before and After Pet Grooming                         Vac Shack              YMCA
Steps:
                              Delta Tires              Walmart             TCBY             O’Griffs Irish Pub
1.Before getting
started, fix up the size
of the hat roughly.        Pizza Hut            Pepsi           Wild Birds Unlimited                    Sprouts Inn
Tips: Place a ruler flat
on the top of the
wearer's head. Mark                  Coach House                Elders           O’Reillys Auto Parts
the two ends that hold
the length of the
wearer's head with a         Sturhahn’s Jewelers                  Ashley Furniture                  Casino Lanes
bright colored marker
pen. Read the length.
Place the ruler on a
                                Uncle Bobs               Rocky Point             Oakley Lindsey Center
paper and mark these
two marked-ends                 Lube Pro             Boyers Boot and Shoe Repair                        Big Lots
along the ruler with
two dots.
                                   County Market                 Madison and Davis Bicycle Shop
2. Now, use a pair of
compasses to draw a
circle on colored            Rinella Co. Inc              Hansen Spear Funeral Home                          HyVee
poster board. Fix up
the pencil from the
needle of the compass         Spring Street Automotive                       Booher Auto               Starbucks
at a length equal to the
one read by the ruler.
                                    Sherwin Williams                   Hardees East               Cassanos
3. For a better design,
add some 5cm or 2
inches above the                Daylight Donuts                TGI Fridays              Curtis Creek Salon
length you fix up. Now
complete drawing the
circle. When the first
                           Head First Salon                  Designers Edge Salon                        Hair Affair
circle is finished, draw
a second circle 2.5 cm        Creative Hair Designs                      Hair Trio              Dawn to Dusk
or 1 inch inside the
first one.
                                       Delta Sante Beauty Shop                          Tropical Tans
4. Make even cuts up
to that 2.5 cm/1 inch
deep from the edge of                                   Farm and Home Supply
the paper to the
penciled inner circle.
Cut out the paper
around the outer circle.
This will help you to                                             May Day
bend the posterboard
along the line of the        Well, it is a fact that May Day, which the children do enjoy with all vibes, is not an overly
drawn circle. 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.

Frugal Money
Saving Ideas

Gift Giving
If you're like I am, you
are constantly giving
presents to people,
either for birthdays,
weddings, etc. The
cost of wrapping paper
is outrageous. Try
using wallpaper. It
lasts forever, and
comes in beautiful
moiré designs, good
for weddings; kid's
patterns, and other
generic designs.
Comic strips from the
newspaper also work
great for kid's gifts.
Another idea is just
brown wrapping paper          ALSTROEMERIA           AMARYLLIS               ANTHURIUM
(from grocery bags),          ASTER                 BABY'S BREATH            BELL FLOWER
decorated and tied            BIRD OF PARADISE      BOUVARDIA                CALLA
with raffia or starched       CARNATION             CHRYSANTHEMUM            CLEMATIS
fabric strips. Also,          CORNFLOWER            DAFFODIL                 DAISY
when you buy your             DELPHINIUM            FORGET-ME-NOT            FOXGLOVE
Christmas wrapping            FREESIA               FUCHSIA                  GERANIUM
paper, be sure to buy         GERBERA               GINGER                   GLADIOLUS
paper that can be used        GOLDEN ROD            HEATHER                  HOLLYHOCKS
on other occasions,           HYACINTH                  HYDRANGEA                    IRIS
like pretty silver, gold,     LAVENDER                  LILAC                        LILY
or blue patterns, or          LISIANTHUS                MARIGOLD                     ORCHID
solid colors. Keep an         PANSY                      PEONY                       PETUNIA
eye out at thrift stores      ROSE                       SNAPDRAGON                  STATICE
for inexpensive               STOCK                      SUNFLOWER                   TULIP
wallpaper leftovers.          VIOLET                     YARROW

Clothes

Try and buy most of your
clothes in separates.
Mixing and matching
blouses, sweaters, skirts,
pants, vests and blazers
makes for many outfits
on a small budget. Buy
all your basics (skirts,
pants, blazers) in neutral
colors and traditional
styles. Then, for fun, you
can put trendy color and
designs in the more
temporary blouses,
sweaters, scarves, etc.,
that you wear near your
face- and they will go
with all your neutral
pieces.

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.”
lkoontz62301@yahoo.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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