Growing Begonias: Rewarding To Say The Least

gwbgnsLike skirt lengths and heel heights, flowers fall prey to the whims of fashion. A plant that one moment pleases everybody and her mother can scarcely be spotted the next. Take begonias, for instance. Indoors, in the 1960s and ’70s, no college dorm room was complete without at least one rainbow-leaved Rex (Begonia x rex-cultorum) dangling from a macrame hanger. Outdoors, walkways, window boxes, and planters lined with small-leaved wax begonias (B. x semperflorens-cultorum) in vivid reds and pinks stood as living advertisements for the family Begoniaceae.

Then, quite suddenly, these versatile ornamentals entered horticultural obsolescence. Why? Perhaps the begonia’s association with Victorian carpet bedding (now considered by many gardeners to be the apex of bad taste) had something to do with the fall from grace, but unfairly so: The foot-tall hybrids commonly used today for bedding were in fact too large and colorful for the (more…)

Reverse Mortgages: Smart?

rmgsTo many retired or soon-to-retire couples, a reverse mortgage may sound like a fairy-tale ending to a lifetime of hard work. Reverse mortgages allow homeowners to use their house as collateral in order to establish a credit line to draw against as needed or to collect monthly payments of a few hundred dollars to more than $1,000. This cash, when added to pensions and Social Security disbursements, can make life more comfortable and more secure for people in their golden years. (more…)

Effective And Easy Remedies For Snoring

Controlling snoring is very tough task but still you have to try your best because your partner gets very disturbed with your loud noises. All the remedies for snoring are effective but it all depends upon the reason that is causing snoring. There are different reasons for different people and I will address the most common reasons that cause snoring. On top of the list is problem of weight because it is observed that mostly overweight people snore more than average people. To control this kind of snobreathing-wellring that happens due to extra weight, you have to exercise and maintain a healthy diet. This small change in routine will eventually get you rid of it. Secondly people that smoke and drink heavily often snore more. Quitting drinking and smoking may not be possible for you but you can at least make sure that you do not drink or smoke before you go to sleep. If you can stop smoking before 2-3 hours of going to bed then it can help you to minimize snoring. Lastly you can change your position while sleeping and it will also help you to control snoring. Keep a relaxed and comfortable position and especially pay attention to the position of your neck and shoulders. Remember that the answer to the question: “How do I stop snoring?” is much easier if you have the right devices and mouthpieces. Find (more…)

Camcorders: They’re Cool Again!

gamdrsCamcorders have been around for more than a decade and about one of every four American families owns one. The reason is simple: With the press of a button, a child’s first steps or first birthday party get recorded forever on videotape. And talk about instant gratification – you don’t even need to go to a one-hour photo store. You just play the tape back through your television and everyone’s an immediate star. In addition to taping family, friends, and faraway places, (more…)