Recycle Your Christmas Tree – Pasco County

Recycle Your Christmas Tree – Pasco County. Pasco County has recycling for Christmas trees. There may be different requirements to recycle our once-green friends but if you have curbside recycling you can do it yourself from home.

It seems sad to me that after reigning in splendor in our homes, the tree is just thrown at the curbside.  At the least, it can be recycles or sent for re-use.

One very important caveat: never burn your Christmas Tree in your fireplace or wood stove.

Recycle Your Christmas Tree – Pasco County

  • First, remove all tinsel, metal hooks, lights and ornaments. 
  • Choose a container (plastic bags are not allowed).
  • Put a sticker on it. Get your sticker from the trash service guys.
  • Put out at the curb the night before pick-up day.

Recycle Your Christmas Tree - Pasco CountyIn Pasco County, each year the Recycling Department, Parks and Recreation and some private businesses partner to offer Christmas tree recycling drop offs to Pasco citizens. The trees are chipped and used in our parks to mulch trails and planting beds. The drop off runs from the day after Christmas until  Jan 12 during normal business hours. There are generally 8-10 drop off sites throughout the county.

Questions or Concerns, Contact the Recycling Office:
Central: (813) 235-6012
Westside: (727) 856-4539
Eastside: (352) 521-4285

Or you can remove all tinsel, metal hooks and decorations from your tree and drop it off at one of the following locations during normal business hours. Do this from December 26, 2018 through January 7, 2019.

Pasco County residents recycled 1,272 Christmas trees last year!

Locations

  • John S. Burks Memorial Park, 13220 Gene Nelson Blvd., Dade City
  • Veterans Memorial Park, 14333 Hicks Road, Hudson
  • Anclote Gulf Park, 2305 Baillie’s Bluff Road, Holiday
  • Land O’ Lakes Heritage Park, 5401 Land O’Lakes Blvd. Land O’ Lakes
  • Sam W. Pasco Recreational Complex, 39835 Chancey Road, Zephyrhills
  • Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park, 10500 Wilderness Park Road, New Port Richey
  • West Pasco Class III site, 14606 Hays Road, Spring Hill
  • Wesley Chapel District Park (north end at Overpass Road), 7727 Boyette Road, Wesley Chapel.

You can visit the Pasco website here for more information. For more in general information about Pasco County Recycling, click here.

Pet Safety During  the Holidays

You can visit the Pasco website here for more information. For more in general information about Pasco County Recycling, click here.

Pet Safety During  the Holidays

Trinity Pets Yappy Hour – Come visit with us at Varsity Club Trinity and bring your dog.  Or if you need a Professional Pet Sitter (insured/bonded), give us a call 727-359-9518 at Trinity Pet Sitters LLC.

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6 Things You Probably Never Clean

6 Things You Probably Never Clean. Well, maybe not never clean but not very often. Most of the time, we miss these things. They just aren’t on the Gotta-Clean-That-Now scope.  I’m sure you can think of others,  just put it in a comment.

6 Things You Probably Never Clean

You may not want to think about this because I know how busy you are. Too busy to think of everything: that’s why I’m putting this out as a reminder.  Here goes.

  1. Take a look at your shower head and the hose leading 6 Things You Probably Never Cleanup to it. Is it pinkish or 50 shades of gray? It needs cleaning! 
  2. The bars on your shower doors (inside); feel the underside of them. Are they slimy? They need cleaning. How about the door track too? Use white vinegar and water.
  3. Faucets need an extra swipe with your cleaner; especially around the base. Don’t forget to clean the bottom and mesh area of the kitchen faucet (with a nice, clean cloth or paper towel).
  4. Knobs on kitchen cabinets. They tend to get food, cookie dough,6 Things You Probably Never Clean and sugary things stuck to them. Give them a swipe using water with white vinegar added to it. While you’re at it, wipe down the cabinets doors too. Don’t forget the top and side edges, and the framework.
  5. How about those ceiling fans, cleaned the blades lately? Try using a long-handled duster; spread out a sheet (one you are putting in the wash) on the floor or bed and have at it (after you’re done with the fans shake the sheet outside before putting it in the washer. Don’t forget to clean the tops and sides of the fan housing.
  6. The drawer under your oven. I store my pot lids there and  find crumbs and all kinds of food things in mine so take it out – clean it out. You can clean the floor under the drawer then too: Get rid of those dust bunnies.There are the 6 Things You Probably Never Clean. I’m sure there are lots more if I think about it long enough but that’s enough to get you started and I don’t have time right now, I have to go clean my shower head.

Do you need a Professional Pet Sitter to come to your home and walk, feed and play with your pet? Trinity Pet Sitters LLC is insured and bonded. 727-359-9518. Trinity Pet Sitters sponsors Trinity Pets Yappy Hour at Varsity Club in Trinity. We help animal rescue groups raise money and awareness. For more info about bringing your dog to dinner with us, click here.

If you’re thinking of selling; read Pricing Your Home For Sale.

Toni Weidman
Broker-associate
Sailwinds  Realty, Trinity FL
727-237-0083
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6 Things You Probably Never Clean

Watermelon Facts and Fun – Easy Living

Watermelon Facts and Fun

It’s summertime and the living is easy. What I like about summertime is it’s watermelon time.  There’s a great section for kids with fun ideas and games here.

Watermelon Facts and Fun

Pictures are courtesy of the Watermelon Promotion Board. Collage by Toni.

These are the facts according to the Watermelon Promotion Board:  

  • The first recorded watermelon harvest occurred nearly 5,000 years ago in Egypt.
  • Watermelon is 92% water.
  • Watermelon’s official name is Citrullus Lanatus of the botanical family Curcurbitaceae. It is cousins to cucumbers, pumpkins and squash.
  • By weight, watermelon is the most-consumed melon in the U.S., followed by cantaloupe and honeydew.
  • The first cookbook published in the U.S. in 1776 contained a recipe for watermelon rind pickles.
  • According to Guinness World Records, the world’s heaviest watermelon was grown by Lloyd Bright of Arkadelphia, Arkansas in 2005.  It weighed in at 268.8 lbs (121.93 kg). Lloyd grew  for a contest on September 3, 2005.
  • The United States currently ranks 5th in worldwide production of watermelon. Forty-four states grow watermelons with Florida, Texas, California, Georgia and Arizona consistently leading the country in production.
  • Seedless watermelons are sterile hybrids: produced by crossing a male pollen with a female flower. No genetics are involved.
  • Watermelons contain Vitamins A, B6, and C.

Watermelon Facts and Fun

The Watermelon Promotion Board tells us to be sure to wash our watermelons when we bring them home. Definitely, you should wash all fresh fruit and veggies in clear, running water.

Have you tried carving watermelons? 

Take a look at the ones in the picture above. Go to their website for more info below.   In conclusion, be sure to check out the Watermelon Promotion Board website for other fun facts and carvings. Also check out the recipes. How about a watermelon smoothie, cooler, salsa, yum.

As a matter of fact, guess where I’m heading out to? Right, in search of watermelon. This delicious watermelon moment brought to you by:

Toni Weidman
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If you need a pet sitter for those times when you can’t be there with your fur baby, Trinity Pet Sitters LLC is Insured and Bonded and comes to your home. 

And be sure to stop by Trinity Yappy Hour at Fiddlers Green. We promote local Rescue groups. Visit here.

Be sure to spay/neuter your pets and support your local shelters.

Watermelon Facts and Fun

Writers Block -What To Write About

Let’s look at Writers Block  -What To Write About.  Writer’s Block is a real problem; one that can keep you off the blog site for days or weeks at a time.  You may have the nugget of an idea for a blog but can’t seem to make it fatten up to be a full post.

Writers Block -What To Write AboutWikipedia describes it as a loss of the ability to produce new work; or when a writer suffers a creative slowdown. For me, it’s a loss of interest in any of the topics that I should blog about. Most times it is temporary and comes back in a day or two. Sometimes I need a nudge to get going; or, even better, a list of topics to look through. Usually I come up with something from that. Because of that, I keep a list of post topics in my Docs. I reread it when I need to.

Writers Block -What To Write About

Businesses in your area – new or old ones
Events happening in your area
Tips on photography, techie updates.
What a buyer should know about your area.
Why a buyer would want to use you to help them buy their new home.
What a seller needs to know when selling.
Why a seller would want to use you to sell their home.(It’s okay to brag-we  understand).
What is involved in a closing.
What does the seller/buyer need to bring to closing.
What does the buyer need to know about inspections.
What does the seller need to know about inspections. (these are differing  viewpoints).
How to conquer Social Media.
How to Pinterest, Instagram,Twitter etc.
Sharing a really great recipe is always good too.

Remember this is just to get you going again; sort of easing you back into it. Your next post can be much more serious. There are tons more.

Also, try reading the news headlines, check out your Facebook feed, think about your recent experiences shopping or attending an event, a visit to relatives.

Writers Block -What To Write AboutThe good thing about Writer’s Block is that it doesn’t last long (unless you are trying to write an epic novel about the history of the world).

Need a Pet Sitter while you vacation or work all day? Call Trinity Pet Sitters LLC at 727-359-9518. In your home pet sitting.

Looking for a home in Trinity, FL?

Toni Weidman
Broker-associate
To search homes for sale, click here.
Sailwinds Realty
727-237-0083

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Writers Block -What To Write About

A Good Night’s Sleep – Dreaming Of One

 A Good Night’s Sleep may not be the easiest thing to get especially now with the summer events piling up on us.  Do you find yourself wide-awake in the middle of the night? I do, so I did some research and found many helpful tips that I hadn’t thought of.

A Good Night's Sleep

 

Shayna never has a problem sleeping.

A Good Night’s Sleep could be a simple solution.

  • Avoid taking an afternoon nap even though it can be so appealing when you’ve only slept half the night (or less).
  • Make sure your mattress is comfortable. Maximum age is 8-10 years but that is subjective to each person’s preferences. 
  • Keep your mattress and box spring dust free. Vacuum the mattress to reduce allergens which can keep sleep from coming. Cover it with a washable, water-proof mattress cover.
  • Remember, the end game is a good night’s sleep.
  • Avoid alcohol, it may make you feel sleepy at first but will wake you up later. Avoid tobacco and caffeine too.
  • Turn off the tablets, laptops, smart phones. Some claim that the light coming from our modern electronics can liven the brain; causing you to not be able to relax and fall asleep.  Avoid electronics before bedtime.
  • About an hour before bed, stop thinking about conflicts, work problems, and stressful thoughts. Get ready to be calm and quiet. Meditate, read something calming, listen to quiet music.
  • Try to keep pets off the bed. Their movements can disturb you. (Being a pet-owner, I know this is hard to do.)
  • Don’t drink anything in the last two hours before bed. It will help eliminate those middle of the night bathroom trips.

So, if you’re dreaming of a good night’s sleep, check out those hints. This is in no way a medical advice post, merely my observations and research. If you’re still having trouble sleeping, be sure to check with your doctor.

Love your furbaby? Read how to keep them happy and healthy.

Trinity Pet SittersIf there are times when you need a pet sitter for your doggy or kitty, call Trinity Pet Sitters LLC. In your home Pet Sitter to walk, feed, and love your pet when you can’t be there.

Toni Weidman, GRI
Broker-associate
Sailwinds Realty
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A Good Night’s Sleep

Teach Kids Internet Safety

Teach Kids Internet Safety. Keeping Kids Safe; it’s a parent’s biggest responsibility.

Teach Kids internet Safety. 

Here is excellent advice from Safe Florida onTeach Kids Internet Safety how to keep your kids safe on the internet. Safe Florida is from the office of Florida’s State Attorney General. According to the website, 77 million children use the internet, and of the children aged 10-17, 1 in 7 will be sexually solicited online. Scary, right. (graphic courtesy of ClassroomClipart).

Teach Kids internet Safety

Have that conversation with these important safety tips:

  • Never give out identifying or personal information – home address, school name, telephone number, age, marital status, or financial information in chat rooms or bulletin boards; 
  • Don’t post photographs of your children on Web sites that are available to the public; I see these all the time on Facebook.
  •  Inquire about your Internet Service Provider’s (ISP’s) privacy policies and exercise your options for how your personal information may be used.
  • If you have cause for concern about your children’s online activities, talk to them. Remember – how you respond will determine whether your children confide in you the next time they encounter a problem;
  • Never allow your children to arrange a face-to-face meeting with someone they’ve “met” online unless they’ve received your permission;
  • If you become aware of the transmission, use, or viewing of child pornography while online, immediately report this to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children’s CyberTiplineâ at 1-800-843-5678 or www.cybertipline.com;
  •  Instruct your children not to click on any links in email from persons they don’t know. Such links could lead to inappropriate Web sites;
  •  Remember that people online may not be whom they seem to be. Someone indicating that “she” is a “12-year old girl” could be a 40-year old male predator;
  • Be careful about offers that involve personally coming to a meeting, having someone visit your house, or sending money or credit card information;
  • Keep the computer in a family room instead of the child’s bedroom;
  • Share an email account with your children to oversee their mail, and consider joining your children when they are in private chat areas;
  • Utilize the filtering features built into the popular Internet browsers, and software programs that block areas known to be inappropriate for children. 
  • Know the lingo used by teenagers in chat rooms and email correspondence.
Teach Kids Internet Safety For Your Peace of Mind

Teach Kids Internet Safety. Nothing is more devastating than having a child hurt or assaulted, please take these tips seriously and implement them at home. Better to be safe than sorry.

Read about Lightning Safety in Florida.

Come to Trinity Yappy Hour. We run it and raise money for local pet Rescue organizations. It’s held at Fiddlers Green on the second Wednesday of the month. Bring your dog, come with friends; we have a great time and raise $400-500 for the featured rescue.

Toni Weidman
Broker-associate
727-237-0083
Search Homes For Sale here.

Call us if you need home selling or buying help.

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Thank you to Safe Florida

Teach Kids Internet Safety

Sunset Beach – Tarpon Springs, FL

Sunset Beach – Tarpon Springs, FL

During the winter, I took this picture of Sunset Beach in Tarpon Springs, FL. A happy beach walker was walking through but I didn’t see him till I uploaded my pictures. We enjoy walking the beaches in the winter. They have a different quality then and it’s much quieter and very peaceful.

Sunset Beach – Tarpon Springs, FL

Sunset Beach - Tarpon Springs, FL

As far as I’m concerned, this is one of the prettiest beaches in our area and this was a cold and windy but bright sunny day. Even a cold day at the beach is a good day! The submerged property  was donated to the City of Tarpon Springs by Nick and Irene Nicholas in 1926. The City then created Sunset Beach.

If you know anything about Tarpon Springs, FL., it is probably the Sponge Docks and the quirky shopping area there. There are so many delicious Greek and seafood restaurants, you can’t possibly leave hungry. And the shopping is fun and fantastical. It’s always busy and lots of tourists hit the Sponge Docks as part of their must-see list.

Also a busy area in the downtown area of Tarpon Springs. Lots of antique shops, and a great mixture of place to eat.

Lots of festivals and fairs happen in both the Sponge Docks and the downtown Tarpon Springs:there’s the Fine Arts Festival in April, HippieFest, and Snow Place Like Tarpon Springs, Oktoberfest,. It’s a great place to spend a Saturday or Sunday.

In contrast, Sunset Beach is a special spot and is always peaceful, located just south of Howard Park.  You can drop in for concerts on Thursday evenings during the summer. Nick and Irene might join you.

You might like Tarpon Springs Fine Art Festival 2018

Do you work long shifts? Need a pet sitter to let your dog out and play with him/her? Call Trinity Pet Sitters LLC

To search homes for sale, click here.

Toni Weidman, GRI
Broker-associate
Sailwinds Realty, Trinity FL
727-237-0083

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Sunset Beach – Tarpon Springs

Curling Iron Injuries and Safety

Curling Iron Injuries: I was using my curling iron a couple of days ago and it slipped from my hand. It landed on my face, right next to my right eye. Without a doubt, it hurt and I now have a red mark running down my face next to my eye.  I’m really lucky it didn’t touch my eye. I wondered how many people are injured by their curling irons.

Curling Iron Injuries

Did you know curling irons have been around for over 100 years?

Curling Iron Injuries

I found a lot of information on curling iron injuries on Google. It was interesting to see how many children are hurt by grabbing the iron part while it is hot. (56%). In an older group 60% of injuries were burns to the cornea.

What Curling Iron Injuries Can Occur

The problem is that many of us use them everyday and become casual about their use.

Most injuries occur when curling or straightening bangs or the small hairs on the back of the neck. What are the dangers of curling irons?

Burns: Curling irons are made to be much hotter than they used to. Women don’t want to take more time than necessary which demands a higher heat. The irons can easily slip from your hand especially the larger sizes that are harder to maneuver.

Corneal Burns can lead to loss of vision depending on the severity and location of the burn. Burns need rapid treatment at an emergency facility.

Fires: I once had a curling iron explode at the plug and start smoking. So, yes, there is a danger of fires if you’re not in the room when it happens. Always unplug it from the outlet as soon as you’re finished.

Electrocution: A sink full of water or water running when you’re using it is not good. Any kind of distraction can cause a disaster.

What To Do If You’re Burned

Place ice on it if it is a non-emergency burn (which is what I did). Then moisturize with a gentle moisturizer. Aloe works well.

If we meet, you will recognize me by the brownish red scar on my face. Hopefully that will go away. Update: The scar is gone.

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Toni Weidman
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Curling Iron Injuries

10 Reasons to Wash Your Hands

10 Reasons to Wash Your Hands

I really wanted to call this post “Mama’s Top 10 Reasons To Wash Your Hands” but Google puts limits on how long post titles can be so I had to settle for “10 Reasons to Wash Your Hands “.  BTW, washing can also mean using hand sanitizer. (updated)10 Reasons to Wash Your Hands

I’m out talking to lots of folks during the day, shaking hands, handling menus and visiting homes. So I’m very grateful to the person who invented hand sanitizers as well as the one who invented soap. Soap is preferred, of course, but not always convenient. It’s hard to carry soap and a sink around in your purse. My mom taught me to be careful about germs and I will repeat some of her advice here.

A List of Hand Washing Smarts Or
10 Reasons to Wash Your Hands

  1. After touching doors, door knobs, sales counters, etc.
  2. After going shopping and handling the clothes on the racks, even if it’s just pushing the hangers back and forth. See Rule #5 re: T. Mary.
  3. After petting dogs or cats. Everyone else pets them too and don’t, don’t kiss the top of the pet’s head. Everyone does that. I learned that when I was on the SPCA board.
  4. Shaking hands with someone (anyone). This takes subtlety and/or diplomacy. You can’t just shake hands, then whip out the hand-sanitizer bottle; that’s the way to lose customers.
  5. After handling the menu in a restaurant. This is a big one that very few people think of. How do you know that the last person to touch that menu wasn’t named Typhoid Mary? Or Marty (sorry, guys, didn’t mean to leave you out).
  6. After using a public bathroom (really, any bathroom). I see people leave the restroom without going anywhere near the soap dispenser or sink. Yuck!
  7. After handling money. It’s nice to have but it’s really dirty.
  8. And at the doctor’s office after reading those magazines, or signing in on the clipboard.
  9. Of course, after handling raw meat. And always prior to preparing or cooking food. This is a whole category of its own.
  10. After cleaning your bathrooms; or handling dirty laundry.

Finally, here’s the rule, don’t touch things. We are a touchy feely society but RESIST. In other words, keep that arm in a strait jacket if you have to.

As a matter of fact, I could go on but I think you get the drift here. Keep your hands clean and you suffer less colds and ‘flu.  And, you won’t pass any nasty cooties on to anyone else.

10 Reasons to Wash Your Hands and it  isn’t hard to do.

I keep hand sanitizer everywhere; in my purse, in my car, in jacket pockets. Consequently, since I started using hand sanitizer after meeting people, I have had fewer colds each year.

Hope these tips help you stay healthy. 

Pet Safety During The Holidays

Toni Weidman
Broker-associate

Sailwinds Realty
727-237-0083
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10 Reasons to Wash Your Hands

 

Bed Bug Registry -Where to find them

Bed Bug Registry -Where to find them.

Did you know there is a website called Bed Bug Registry (no longer working) and it is theBed Bug Registry -Where to find them

place to go for locating bed bug hangouts. When I first heard of it, I wondered what the bed bugs were registering for: wedding gifts, baby shower gifts (they probably need a lot of those) but no, I was wrong. This will take you to the bedbug registry (unfortunately, the website is no longer active) .  And when you get there, there’s a map showing red dots; the red dots purport to tell you who has bed bugs. You can click on an area and get the names and locations of bed bug sightings at hotels & motels.

Bed Bug Registry -Where to find them

The problem as I see it is the bed bugs are not confirmed by anyone other than the people who register them on the site. So how good is this site; how accurate is the info? And, how many perfectly bed bug-free hotels are being registered by over-reacting visitors, or someone with an axe to grind against the hotel.

One thing you can do to lessen your risk of  bringing home souvenirs is to wrap your suitcases in large plastic garbage bags at night when you are ready to go to bed.. Use  zip ties  to keep the bags closed. The little guys haven’t learned how to open those yet. It’s a little extra work but well worth it!

Want to enjoy a little of the Epcot Flower and Garden Show? Look here. Epcot’s Flower and Garden Show is always beautiful and has lots of informative demonstrations for gardening. My favorite, of course, is the Butterfly Garden and the Hummingbird Garden.

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Toni Weidman, GRI
Broker-associate
727-237-0083
Toni Weidman-Sailwinds Realty

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Bug Registry-Where To Find Them