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.
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
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.
Summer is slowly fading away, and of course with that the season changes, tilting the earth a bit further away from the sun, and bringing all the things that people like about fall. Football, cooler weather, and the changing of nature. That’s a few things, but what about food? Comfort food I’m talking about. This recipe is amazing and will be a great addition to any meal or football game side. Its Gouda Bacon Mac and Cheese, and this will comfort every bone in your body. Here is the recipe. Enjoy!
Gouda Bacon Macaroni and Cheese
yield: SERVES 10-12
prep time: 25 MINUTES
cook time: 25 MINUTES
Nothing says comfort food like homemade Macaroni and Cheese! The gouda adds a creamy tang while the baconadds a nice salty, smoked flavor! Try this at your next family dinner!
- 16oz elbow macaroni, cooked and drained
- 4 Tbsp butter
- 2 1/4 cup skim milk
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 2 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp ground black pepper
- 1/2 tsp dry mustard
- 2 tsp worcestershire
- 1lb smoked gouda cheese, shredded
- 1/2 lb sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
- 5 slices bread (about 2cups crumbs)
- 3 Tbsp butter, melted
- 1/2 cup bacon, cooked and crumbled
- Prepare macaroni according to package directions. Set aside.
- In large pot, melt butter over medium high heat. Add skim milk and bring to near boiling. Reduce heat to medium and sprinkle in flour. Whisk vigorously over medium heat for 1-2 minutes. Mixture should be thick and boiling. Slowly add cream, while whisking. Add in salt, pepper, mustard and worcestershire sauce. Reduce heat to low and continue to stir for about 5 minutes.
- In food processor, shred Gouda and Cheddar cheese. Add to pot, stir until thoroughly combined.
- Add cooked macaroni to cheese mixture. Pour into a 13×9 dish.
- In same food processor bowl (no need to wash it after shredding the cheese), process 5 slices of bread to a fine crumb. Add melted butter. Sprinkle over macaroni. Top with crumbled bacon.
- Bake uncovered in a 375 degree oven for 25-30 minutes.ENJOY!
Do you remember when you were a kid and you went on vacation for a week with your family and when you came home the house was really hot, because your Dad turned the air off totally while you were gone. Those days are long gone of course because technology is all around us. We have had programmable thermostats for the home for many years now, but our techs still go to a house on a service call and see older, out of date stats that should be replaced.
Your thermostat is the brain of your heating and cooling system, your HVAC. The thermostat has an effect on the energy you use and the efficiency of your system, and if used properly will save your household money, using less electricity and gas with your HVAC.
Adam’s Air recommends a programmable stat in your home so you can control the temperature in the best way possible to save money on your monthly bill, and for the system to run the way it should and in an efficient way.
Examples of in home programmable thermostat:
We use the Honeywell Thermostats with most of the installations we do. Both of these work very well and can meet the expectations of what you need in heating and cooling your home.Programmable stats can be programmed to use less energy while no one is at home, and be able to start your heat or air before you get home so your house is comfortable when you arrive. There are also thermostats that you can purchase that you can control at home or by your smartphone, via an app you download.
Examples of smart phone thermostats:
These thermostats can be synced to your smartphone and you can control your HVAC from your phone practically anywhere in the world! The latest generation of these types of thermostats can learn your temperature habits and will build a schedule around yours and program your HVAC to work harder or less when needed. These marvels of the new age also changes programs with each season! And independent survey shows installing and using these sort of programmable thermostats can save families 10-12% of their heating bill and 15% of their cooling bill.
Interested? Give Adam’s Air a call for a quote on one of these fabulous thermostats today. Call us, 806-316-1103