Chase Away The Winter Blues At Atlanta Botanical Gardens Orchid Daze

Enjoy beauty in the midst of winter at Atlanta Botanical Gardens Orchid Daze. From February 9-April 14 the gardens Fuqua Conservatory and orchid houses come alive with gorgeous blooms. Celebrate an explosion of color and intriguing form as the orchids will have visitors longing for spring. Here are some of the highlights of the gardens popular Orchid Daze activities.
The conservatory lobby will be transformed as mirrored walls reflect a dazzling array of orange, yellow, and red orchids. Pink and white dendrobium orchids will trail downward from the ceiling in a dramatic hanging display. Moth orchids, cymbidiums, cattleyas, and colorful slipper orchids will fill the orchid houses.

Garden visitors can enjoy guided exhibition tours of Orchid Daze on Saturdays from February 9-April 13 at 1pm. Tours will leave from the Hardin Visitor Center and are included with garden admission. Orchid Market Weekends are scheduled for February 9-10 and March 9-10 from 10am-4pm and April 13-14 from 10am-6pm. Visitors may purchase live orchids and supplies from local growers, and get expert advice and growing tips. Orchid Care Clinics will be held on February 9, March 9, and April 13 from 10am-noon.

The Atlanta Orchid Society will host its annual Orchid show March 8-10 at the botanical garden. Hundreds of gorgeous orchids will be on display from 9am-5pm in the Day Hall. Some of these beautiful plants will be offered for sale, and there will also be a raffle.

Many people do not realize that vanilla is an orchid. Attend Vanilla Sunday on February 17 from 1-4pm to learn how the plant grows, and how vanilla flavoring is made from the vanilla bean pods and seeds. Local chef Christina Curry will demonstrate cooking with vanilla in the Edible Garden. She will prepare vanilla risotto with crab, vanilla anise biscotti, vanilla tea, and vanilla sundaes. Vanilla Sunday is included with garden admission. Free sundaes will be available while supplies last.

Visitors to the garden this winter will also be treated to another special event, the 65th annual North Georgia Camellia Show on February 16-17. More than 30 growers from around the region will display their colorful blooms in this juried competition. Atlanta Botanical Garden has a large section of camellias growing in the Southern Seasons Garden.

Atlanta Botanical Garden is located at 1345 Piedmont Road NE. Hours are Tuesday-Friday from 9am-5pm during the winter. Admission is $18.95 for adults and $12.95 for ages 3-12. Pay parking is available in the adjacent SAGE Parking Facility, which serves the garden as well as Piedmont Park.

Biofuels’ Environmental Benefits Are Growing, BIO Tells House Energy & Commerce Committee

The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) today submitted comments in response to the House Energy & Commerce Committee’s third white paper on the Renewable Fuel Standard, -Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Other Environmental Impacts.- Brent Erickson, executive vice president of BIO’s Industrial & Environmental Section, wrote in the comments, -Given BIO’s broad and diverse set of member companies involved in energy, manufacturing and agricultural production, we are able to provide a unique perspective on the issues the Committee is seeking to have answered.- -Congress established the RFS to encourage the use of existing biofuels and the development of advanced biofuels in order to reduce our reliance on the rising cost and price volatility of foreign oil and reduce greenhouse gas emissions,- Erickson continued. -It is crucial we maintain the RFS in order to spur on alternative energy production and mitigate environmental impacts of petroleum. In fact the RFS is one of the rare cases of an existing and functioning greenhouse reduction program. A repeal or reduction in the RFS would be tantamount to environmental backsliding.- Erickson’s response concluded, -While primarily an economic and energy security policy, the RFS has already resulted in environmental benefits from the transportation fuel sector, incuding dramatic reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, and offers the potential for substantial additional benefits in the decades to come. Realization of these future benefits is dependent on the ability of advanced biofuel developers to raise the capital necessary to build out a national advanced biofuel industry. That ability is critically dependent on the legislative stability and consistent implementation of the program. The best thing Congress can do to achieve these future benefits is to resist oil industry pressure to revise the program in their favor and allow the RFS to work.-

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Choosing a General Contractor for Tenant Improvements

Tenant improvements provide an opportunity to enhance your facility, increase its value and make better use of space. Whether you’re in need of an addition, build-out, renovation or other type of tenant improvement, a qualified general contractor should be the first call you make.

Selecting a State certified general contractor can be a project in itself; however, what you should be looking for is simple. You need a general contractor that offers one point of contact, the ability to complete projects on time, a competitive bid, and the references that prove they can satisfy their customers with a quality project that was finished on time and on budget.

Professional Attitude
A reputable company will rise to the surface in your search for a general contractor. A company with professional attitude and pride in doing a job the right way will shine through in their previous tenant improvement projects. This is why references are important when working with a general contractor. Selecting a company with years of proven experience providing exceptional commercial contracting services throughout the state is ideal. They should be able to provide a host of other satisfied customers that you can contact to learn more about their worth ethic and quality of workmanship.

Unique Solutions
Working with your architect or working directly upon your direction, your general contractor should be able to offer his own insight into the project. Often another set of eyes on a tenant improvement project only improves the outcome when that advice comes from years of experience renovating, performing build-outs and additions. Seasoned general contractors have pretty much seen it all – why not take a few moments to listen to their ideas too?

On Target Estimates
Nothing sets a tenant improvement project back like an unplanned expense. Be sure your general contractor has extensive knowledge of each subcontractor field so that he can provide the most accurate estimates. Being excessively over budget or missing important deadlines is not something with which you want to contend.

The Proven Leader
Implementing tenant improvements, a general contracting company offers a wide range of services from renovations, repairs, build-outs and new construction.
Additionally, be sure that their project management skills are superior. With an experienced work force of carpenters and laborers, they should be able meet any schedule requirement, contract challenge, and everything will be as promised, down to the last detail.

Your contractor should guarantee that their projects will be completed on time, for a competitive price and that their customers will be satisfied with a high-quality, finished construction project.

Common Commercial Real Estate Contract Contingencies

Just like residential real estate contracts, Dallas commercial real estate contracts have their share of contingencies. In short, contingencies are found in most real estate contracts and are essentially escape clauses for both the buyer and the seller.

Each party wants to make sure they are protected in the real estate contract, so real estate contingencies are a common occurrence. They often make the contract much easier to handle for both the buyer and the seller, as it provides them with an opportunity to back out of the contract for a number of reasons.

Although both residential and Dallas commercial real estate contracts both have contingencies, the contingencies themselves are quite a bit different. The following list details some of the common contingencies found in Dallas commercial real estate contracts:

When purchasing a parcel of land for Dallas commercial real estate, the contract may be subject to the approval of the buyers attorney. Because Dallas commercial real estate contracts may be decidedly more in depth than residential real estate contracts, waiting on the approval of your attorney when buying Dallas commercial real estate is quite common. It is also common to have a contingency that is based on a business professionals partner or investor, as it is important to get approval from everyone involved before the contract is finalized.

Many commercial real estate contracts include contingencies that are based on financing approval for the buyer. For tracts of land, this contingency may include approval of a legal survey, if one has not already been done. In addition, a buyer will likely want to include in the purchase agreement some language about obtaining necessary permits and zoning for the commercial property.

When speaking of commercial tracts of land, there may be a contingency with verbiage regarding liens on the property. In particular, the purchase of the land will be contingent on no environmental cleanup liens.

It is common to have a contingency based on: the buyer achieving a loan of at least 75 percent of the purchase price of the Dallas commercial real estate property; the buyer being satisfied with the inspectors report; and the buyer being satisfied that the property can be remodeled or renovated to his or her satisfaction. In other words, the buyer will likely include a series of contingencies based on the use of the commercial property and how it can and cannot be used.

The use of a realtor qualified in commercial real estate is crucial, as he or she will be able to guide you when making a commercial real estate transaction. Real estate companies, like VIP Realty, have a plethora of highly qualified and experienced realtors who have extensive experience in dealing with commercial real estate contracts. It is important to never enter into any type of real estate purchase agreement, whether residential or commercial, without advice from a trusted realtor and real estate attorney, as they will be able to best protect your interest in the real estate transaction.

FENG SHUI – DOES THE COLOR OF SOIL MATTERS

Besides the types of mountain and hills, what can you look for when selecting a property in a locality with prosperity and posterity in mind?

You should make close observation on the quality of soil that make up the land in the vicinity of the neighborhood.

In Feng Shui, the natural environment we lived in provides us with life giving energy known as qi. It is the life force that sustains all living things on earth. From the highest peak of the mountain, qi flows along the natural contours of the land and makes it way down the valleys where water is located. It is carried by the wind and gathers at the boundary of water.

When you are looking for a suitable property to make your home, you should observe whether there is any mountain or hill around the area. If there is and it is lush with vegetation, you can tap into the qi that is strong and vitalizing.

But if you would like to know what types of qi is available in the area, you can start by looking at what is below the ground. Qi flows on top and below the ground. Earth is a natural conductor of qi and naturally you can determine the types of qi it carries from observing the soil. The secret is in the color of the soil. To do this, you need to dig about 2 feet into the ground. First, pay attention to the texture of the soil. If it is soft and loamy (with a mixture of clay, sand and some decayed vegetable matter), it indicates positive qi and therefore good quality. Whereas if the soil tends to be rocky and pebbly (with mostly stones), it is not conducive for positive qi to take root. Secondly, by examining the soil’s natural color, we can determine the types of qi it contains. Based on Feng Shui concept, there are five elemental phases of qi namely, wood, fire, earth, metal and water. Each element takes on a color.

The following is a general guide as to what each color means in relation to the soil:-

Green colored soil denotes wood qi and is associated with nobility, benevolence and growth

Red or purple colored soil denotes fire qi and is associated with passion and spirituality

Yellowish colored soil denotes earth qi and is associated with wealth and stability

Pale white colored soil denotes metal qi and is associated with power and authority

Black colored soil denotes water qi and is associated with intelligence and traveling.

For more of such articles, you can visit proactive-qi.com and bazidestiny.yolasite.com which offers free reading of your birth chart based on Chinese Four Pillars of Destiny (Ba Zi).

Interviewing Your Contractor

Before you even consider calling a contractor, you need to know exactly what you want him to do. First of all, go online and see what is available in your area. You will want a contractor that is easy to reach, and if you have to leave a message, how long will it take him to return your call.

Then make a list of the projects that youll want the contractor to tackle. If the list is long, try to narrow it down to the essentials. Then pick four or five local contractors and give them a call. Ask each one similar questions so you can judge the one that seems the most honest, qualified, and reliable.

On your list write the contractors license number, workers compensation number, and bond number. Dont hire a contractor until you have those numbers in hand and contact the agency to see if his licenses are still valid or have they expired? Does the contractor have a printed contract with his name, address, phone, and license numbers?

Is the contractor qualified and has he done a job like yours before? Does he have references, and can you contact them? How long does he estimate that the job will take to complete and when can he start? Keep definite dates in mind, but allow for a bit of leeway.

Now that youve narrowed the list down to two or three, contact the contractor again and ask for an interview and a price quote. Make a note if the contractor arrives on time, or if he runs late, does he call you to let you know he is running late. If a contractor fails to do that, forget about him, and go on to the next one.

How and when does the contractor expect payment? There are laws that state how much a contractor can collect as a down payment. Make sure you know the law and hold the contractor to it. For instance the law forbids a company from taking over 10% or $1,000 as down payment.

Before you sign on that proverbial dotted line have the due dates written on the contract. For instance, the second payment may be due when they deliver the material. There may be additional payments with the final due when the project is completed to your satisfaction.

Does the contractor hire sub-contractors? If so make sure they get paid. Otherwise if the contractor does not pay the sub, they can come back to you and demand payment or put a lien on your home.

Be cautious, but not demanding, and when they start the job stay out of their way and let them do their job.

Estate Cleanouts For Too Much Of Clutter

There are several situations when one would like to go in for estate cleanouts and disposal of solid waste materials from any private property. One common situation is the one in which a loved one dies and the family is forced to clean out the estate in order to sell it. In this particular situation, the family members prefer to root through their loved one’s personal belongings and determine what all there is disposable and what items can be packed and carried back home.

Another common situation that asks in for a complete estate clean out is a home foreclosure. In this situation, the houses littered with old furniture, garbage and appliances that were left behind as the previous homeowners are moved out.

If one has a huge amount of clutter, be that household furniture or any simple stuff, one needs to go in for estate cleanouts. If one wants to avoid the hassles of cleaning the estate, then a junk Cleveland company needs to be called in. another benefit of hiring a professional estate cleanout company such as 1800gotjunk is that one does not need to carry out that guesswork of what is resell able and salvageable. This not only saves a good amount of time, but also helps one earn some chunks.

Remarkable Estate Cleanouts With 1800gotjunk

1800gotjunk specializes in residential and estates, attics, cellars and garage cleanouts. Anyone who has loads of dump to be cleaned and let 1800gotjunk tackles the building or estate cleanout job. Estate cleanouts services provided by 1800gotjunk are estate and full house cleanouts, move in/out complete house and apartment cleanouts, entire building cleanouts, warehouse cleanouts, eviction cleanouts, fire and flood Damage cleanouts, attic cleanouts, basement cleanouts, garage cleanouts, shed cleanouts and yard and debris cleanups.

Affordable Estate Cleanouts From 1800gotjunk

Estate cleanouts is one such thing that might prove to be a costly if one does not make a right pick. There are many estate cleanout services that charge a separate fee for picking up the stuff, then for loading and then for disposal. If one knows that the volume of discarded stuff is big, then it is advisable to go in for a professional junk Akron company such as 1800gotjunk that provides a full service.

With the services provided by a professional estate cleanout, one is going to have everything removed at affordable prices and that too without providing instructions at every single step. The ones who do not have time to spare for estate cleanout activities can vouch on 1800gotjunk as they take care of every tiny little cleanout chore assuring that the properly is ready to move in.

Best Home Nas – This Is What You Need To Know To Avoid Home Network Storage Buyers Regret

If you are looking for the best home NAS to consolidate your data, music and media files then you want to buy the best home network storage you can for the money. A home NAS device is an investment that should last you quite a few years if you buy the right one.

The right buying guidance will help you determine what features and benefits are important to you and will actually be useful in your home.

Some people want a home NAS solely for the purpose of backing up their individual computers. For that you may not be interested in NAS RAID to protect your data from a hard drive failure since it is only serving as a backup to other hard drives. Sooner or later, though, you will find yourself storing something on there that is NOT just a backup file and ultimately can lead to heartache when the inevitable crash occurs.

All hard disks will eventually fail. No exceptions. Any hard drive that does not fail on you is a hard drive you did not own long enough. Hard drives are like light bulbs, they can last a week or a decade. Most, though, fail somewhere in between.

My guess is that once you see how much you can really do with the best home NAS devices out there you will want to start taking advantage of those features.

If you are like most people and are using your new home network storage device to consolidate all of your music, movie and data files from all of your computers you may decide that the ability of the better NAS devices to automatically copy your files to an online backup service with a reasonable annual fee is a great option.

Let’s face it, most backups just do not happen unless they are setup to work automatically.

Another really cool feature is that you can download movies, which are usually pretty large, straight to your home NAS that is connected to the home network and then stream that movie to your PlayStation, XBox or even right to your new HDTV to watch.

Many cheap NAS devices available do not have the ability for media streaming and other cool multimedia functions like the best home NAS devices will.

Another item that you will want to take into consideration is how many hard drives you want the home network storage device to contain. Most will hold at least two and offer to “mirror” those in a RAID1 array.

Larger units of four or even six hard drive bays give you the option of starting out with only a couple of hard drives and then expanding later on. It is best to ensure that the NAS device you buy is able to expand the storage area without having to backup your data, reconfigure the unit with the new or larger drives and then restore your data back onto it.

What Are Estate Taxes And Will They Apply To My Last Will And Testament

Estate taxes are one of the most hotly debated tax law subjects today. Essentially what happens is that when you pass on your estate will go to your beneficiaries and heirs subject to your Last Will and Testament. However, your beneficiaries and heirs will have to pay estate tax on the portion of the estate that they receive. This is a tax that occurs not only at the federal level but also at the state level as well. One of the instances where the estate tax will actually not apply is when your entire estate goes straight to your spouse without going to anyone else. This is specifically an exception that is implanted into the tax law in order to have the surviving spouse not subject to estate tax. In 2010, the estate tax was actually completely repealed but it is to come back in 2011 as such the estates will again be subject to this tax.

Thus, on a general level the estate will be subject to estate taxes unless the entire estate goes to the surviving spouse. One of the ways that you can actually reduce the amount of estate taxes that you pay is to have an attorney prepare your Last Will and Testament. What they can do is actually utilize the latest in tax law provisions in order to increase your tax savings. One of the techniques that they can actually use is a disclaimer trust which in essence works like this. This trust created by an attorney works in the way that certain portion of the estate is actually disclaimed by the surviving spouse and it goes into the trust. In turn the trust will at a later time go to the surviving spouse’s heirs and as such they can take advantage of the exclusions from estate taxes. .

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Living Room Furniture Decorate Your Life

In the fast moving world we live today everyone wants to find some time for ourselves and we prefer to spend that time in the most comfortable way possible. So some of you that may be sitting in front of the TV in a huge soft couch, dining with your family on a neat table while sitting on high quality and comfortable chairs or just lay down and rest on your comfortable bed . No matter what your imagination for comfort is everyone needs beautiful, functional and comfortable home office furniture. Furniture has been decorating the places we live in since the beginning of time. The first people who used stones as tables and chairs through the middle-ages when making of furniture was turned into art and beautiful works were created to nowadays where beautiful is combined with functional and comfortable. No matter what your imagination for comfort is everyone needs beautiful, functional and comfortable living room furniture.

But now we are talking about living room furniture. And by living room furniture we mean couches, sofas, rugs, coffee tables, stools, fireplaces and others. If a living room is well-appointed and vice versa it can tell a lot about the people who live there about their social status, life style and personality.

You should try to buy the living room furniture that bests fit your living room style and of course make sure that you can afford it. You should try to find the perfect balance between beauty, functionality and price. You should furnish the living room in the way you think will be most comfortable for and your family. For instance if you like to be together with your family and keep talking for hours with them you should consider buying a beautiful and effective fireplace and a soft rug to create the perfect family atmosphere or if you are the party type buy a tough though beautiful table and sofa that can withstand eventual accidents, but still make the room more beautiful.

Never rush into buying living room furniture, due to the big number of home office furniture which is all different you should try finding the one that best fits your needs and budget. You can find many unique designs of sofas, couches, rugs and others in our shop. Made out of the highest quality wooden & metal materials in licensed workshops and we offer you all this on the best prices you can find.