One Day its Hot, the Next Day Cold…

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This time of year is always very trying for my family and I, and even the team I work with.   Just this month we have had at least four members of the team out because of a respiratory sickness or infection, and its a hard thing to shake.   Day to day temperature changes from cold to warm or hot makes us think that our immune system is messed up, but that is not the case at all.   Warmer weather always brings humans out of the hibernation state and we like to see friends and be more active and social, and we hang around more people, and of course the more people we socialize with, the more germs are spread easier.  It is officially still winter, as I am typing this and I just took off my jacket because outside its a balmy 65 degrees.   But The jacket will stay in the truck, because living in the high plains of Texas one never knows what could come around the corner.  One thing we can think about is this, dress in layers.  I do and it helps.  As warmer temps start to rise during the late morning hours, you can start peeling coats, or jackets off, and roll up the long sleeves if needed.  Another thing we can do is to keep a scarf, hat, and gloves either in your vehicle, or at your work place, this is for a “just in case moment”,and if it happens, and you have drastic weather changes you will be ready.   This reminds me of something that happen a few years ago, in West Texas.  It was mid April and I was in Nashville but our flight was delayed because of snow at home.  Well once we got home, the weather turned again and it started raining and in a heavy way, then a dust storm came through, so the snow that was left was now brown and the windows, cars, and streets became mud!  It was  raining mud!  That night to cap it all off, we had tornado warnings.    Also since we stay inside quite often during colder months, we miss out on essential vitamins, so be sure to take more than usual.

Adam’s Air offers Financing!

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With tax refunds hopefully coming your way, we all have something in mind on how to spend the money.  Vacation? Car? One big PARTY!!!  Even catch up on bills!   But then you remember, last summer that air conditioner just wasn’t cutting it, and so far this winter every blanket you own are on the beds and that  heater just doesn’t work as good as it use to.  We really need a new HVAC in our home.  Have no fear Adam’s Air is now offering financing on a new air conditioner and heater for your home.  And it is so simple to do.  You can go online and fill out an application or a representative from our company will come to your home during normal business hours and help you fill the application out.  It’s just that simple!  Call us today for more information on getting a new system in your home today, 806-316-1103. #heatingandairconditioning  #hvac #heating #airconditioning

 

It’s Cold, Hope You Don’t Need Heater Repair!

It has been frigid these last few days with this massive arctic blast coming in from Siberia, and it’s not over yet.  But here in Amarillo it is calming down some what to more seasonal temperatures.    But how is your heater?  Is it working properly?  When was the last time you had someone look at it for a possible heater repair?  Its very important that your system is clean and running at full capacity.  Your heater could look like this.

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Cracks like this are not good and can cause carbon monoxide in your home.  That poisoning gas can make you light headed and sick, and in younger children and infants and the elderly it can cause serious issues and death.  How about your ignition on your heater?  How does it look?  If it looks like this your heater is not running and lighting at its best.   Is your blower motor clean?  How’s the blower wheel?  If your home furnace looks like this, then you will need some heater repair, and possibly heater replacement if this goes untouched for a while.  Heater repair is a whole lot cheaper than replacement.  Please don’t get caught in extremely cold temperatures and no heat in your home.  Heater repair can make your system run more efficient and make your home much warmer.  Call Adam’s Air today and help you with keeping warmer.  806-316-1103

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Halloween in August, Thanksgiving in September, Christmas in October!!!! Copy

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As a Christian we all know that the Christ child was not born in December.  More than likely late summer, or early fall.  The Catholic church were trying to pull people away from the paganism of the Winter Solstice,  so the church changed things up a bit to bring the flock back into the church and away from the debauchery of what the people were into, at least this is what we have read and have been told.  According to Bible.org, we should go ahead and celebrate Christmas as we do, however more focus on Christ as the Savior of the world.

In a article from Forbes a few years ago, the National Retail Federation found that 41% of Americans already began their holiday shopping before Halloween.  So when is the right time?  What started the term Black Friday?  The term actually started in the 1950’s in Philly when the Army/Navy football game would play.  Too many people in town, not enough police caused havoc and bedlam, and the cops had to work and they wanted to go to the game.  The term made its now famous after Thanksgiving in 1961 and as recent of 1985 the term wasn’t even used nationwide.  But it seems this would be the official first day of the actual Christmas buying season.  I mean check the newspaper on Thanksgiving.  Its the only paper we buy during the year, just to look at all the ads and to swear were not going out early in the morning and fight the craziness of it all.

So lets go back to Bible.org and look at what they say about the tree and presents.

  • The evergreen tree is a symbol of the eternal life which Christ, the Son of God, offers to man via another tree, the cross (Rev. 2:7; 22:2, 14).
  • The presents under the tree can remind us of God’s gift and our need to give of ourselves to others as those who have received God’s gift of life through Christ.

Maybe we should really try to follow this lead.  It could make us feel better about the ‘Jesus’ part of the season and why as Christians that we celebrate!  And what about company and office parties?  The ones i  attended in the past were not really about Christmas as all.  Bible.org says this about the worldly celebration:

Scripture does, however, set down principles which should affect the way we celebrate it. These principles warn and protect us from the distortions we find in the world.

  • Today in many companies and offices, Christmas is celebrated with wild, drunken parties where there is no regard for the reason for the season–the birth of the Savior of the World. It becomes just a time of merriment and a time to tie one on.
  • Today people often spend lavishly on gifts and go deeply in debt. They buy things they can’t afford, which nobody needs, and sometimes can’t even identify. The response is “Hey, thanks. What is it?”
  • Children get caught up with the gifts and the toys and lose sight of the Savior–or never hear about the Lord as God’s gift of His Son that we might have life.
  • Through the Christmas message, Parents often fail to teach the spirit of giving as an outworking of one’s relationship with God through faith in Christ, God’s gift to the world.
  • Finally, some may observe the season as they would observe lent, as a religious holy day that must be observed to gain points with God, or to become more spiritual.

But it doesn’t have to be like this. Even the gift aspect can be done in such a way that it is instructive, meaningful, in keeping with one’s budget, and in keeping with biblical teaching concerning Christian stewardship.

  Yea I know, lots to take in and think about, even pray about.  The saying, ‘Keep Christ in Christmas’, can happen if we practice it.  Have a wonderful and blessed Christmas season.

A Thanksgiving With No Sweat Involved

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The web page, Real Simple, gives some great tips for making this Thanksgiving a bit easier.  Thanksgiving usually has family, friends, and lots of food, and people wanting to help but basically just getting in your way.   I don’t mean to sound rude but its true.  Well here a few tips to ease the stress and pain.

Print a Blank November Calendar

As you plan your meal, fill in each week with what you need and when to shop, and any deliveries that need to come to the house.

Make Your Grocery List on November 1st

Don’t wait until the week before Thanksgiving to figure out what you’re making—and don’t feel pressure to experiment with fancy recipes. Find a few you trust and put every ingredient on a shopping list. Divide the list into perishables and non-perishables, so you know what you can buy immediately (like spices) and what you’ll need to buy later (like milk).

Set the Table the Night Before

It’s a simple task, but it’s one thing you can cross off of your to-do list on the day of.

Empty the Dishwasher and all Trash Cans the Night Before

Plus, line your bins with extra garbage bags so you don’t have to hunt down a fresh bag when the garbage starts to overflow.

Prepare as Much as You Can in Advance

Gravy bases can be frozen and vegetables can be cooked and refrigerated for up to two days. For dishes that can’t be made ahead of time, consider the prep work that you can do in advance—like peeling potatoes so they’re ready for quick mashing.

Establish a Make-Your-Own, Breakfast Policy

If you have a house full of overnight guests, let them take care of the morning meal themselves. Stash ready-to-go foods (like muffins, granola bars, and cereal) in open spaces and let everyone know where milk, spoons, bowls, and napkins are in the kitchen. Establish the “every man for himself” rule first thing in the morning so that you can focus on cooking the feast (or making coffee).

Make Edible Napkin Rings for the Kid’s Table

That way, they won’t complain about being hungry before dinner. The secret? Use pre-made crescent or pizza dough baked into 4-inch rings.

Use Square and Rectangular Pans

This way, you’ll be able to fit more dishes in the oven—whether you’re cooking or just keeping things warm.

When In Doubt, Ask Guests to Bring Ice

You can never have enough. And when the refrigerator is full, ice buckets are a great way to keep drinks cold.

Save Easy Jobs for Early Birds

Chances are, at least one of your guests will arrive 30 minutes early. Rather than stressing about having everything ready, reserve a few simple tasks that people can help with, such as filling the breadbasket or pouring water.

Stock Up on Stain Busters

Yes, someone will spill red wine on a white shirt. For that, plus other guaranteed messes, stock cotton cloths, dish soap, white vinegar (for coffee stains), and pretreat sticks (like Tide to Go).

Use Dried Herbs

Just realized that you have store-bought dried basil in your pantry, but you’re lacking the “fresh sprigs of basil” your recipe requests? Don’t fret—and don’t run to the store. Instead, just use this substitution: 1 teaspoon of dried herbs for one tablespoon of fresh herbs.

Print Out the Turkey Time Chart

Just realized that you have store-bought dried basil in your pantry, but you’re lacking the “fresh sprigs of basil” your recipe requests? Don’t fret—and don’t run to the store. Instead, just use this substitution: 1 teaspoon of dried herbs for one tablespoon of fresh herbs.

Take Temperature Like a Pro

Our test kitchen warns: Don’t place your thermometer too close to the bone—it won’t read correctly. Instead, slide it into the thigh horizontally until it taps the bone and look for the magic number: 165° F.

 

Chill Wine Quickly

If guests arrive way too early (or you just need a glass after a long afternoon in the kitchen) try this trick for cooling your bottle fast: wrap it in a damp dishtowel or paper towel and stick it in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes.

We would like to take this time to wish you all a very blessed and happy Thanksgiving!