Monthly Archives: August 2016

Up on the roof: gardening in the modern age

Chances are your grandfather came home from work and spent an hour unwinding in the backyard, watering his tomato plants or picking lemons off the tree. Of course, you live in a city now, or a condo with as little room as a shoebox for backyard space. Green roofs and gardens are really taking off around the world, but you can’t see them from the sidewalk. Once, you could fly over a city and see azure swimming pools winking from below. These days you’ll see carefully-lined roof gardens, plants reaching up to the skies.

No way, you say. But start to look around you. Whether it’s a four-by-four herb patch on a cottage or the six-acre green roof atop Vancouver’s Convention Center, the green roof is here to stay. Roofing contractors attend seminars and part-time classes in creating a new roof that supports urban gardening. The gathering alliances in the building trades supporting roof gardening seem like odd bedfellows. Even The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers has weighed in with a big “yes” to green roofing that is known to help homes curb energy use.

Growing a New Roof

Motherplants, a woman-owned nursery in upstate New York, has built a steady business in providing drought-tolerant plants with shallow roots that allow your ideas to blossom without impacting the structural integrity of your home. And the U.S. Green Building Council now offers LEED green building certifications for roofing contractors and landscape architects who want to specialize in roofs that promote:

  • Lowering of CO2 emissions (increasing oxygen)
  • Saving energy
  • Improving water efficiency

One thing’s for sure, roofing contractors today are not your grandfather’s roofing contractors, making it possible for you to come home from work, head up to the roof, and tend your garden to your heart’s delight.

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Tell us your favorite holiday treats!

All right foodies. All right bloggers. We want to know what you’re baking for the holiday season! Whether you have the best recipe for the classic sugar cookie, build an amazing gingerbread house, or put together a yule log like no other, we want to know!Simply comment below with a link to your favorites. Post one, post ten, it doesn’t matter! Just spread the word on your holiday baking.

We’ll choose our favorites and post them in a Holiday Baking Round-Up.

No blog? No problem. Post your favorite recipes and ideas below!

Here’s my favourite to get you started:

Vegan Gingerbread Cookies

1/2 cup brown sugar 1/4 cup nondairy margarine, such as Earth Balance 3/4 cup molasses (use a mixture of Blackstrap + fancy) 1/3 cup cold water 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 3 1/2 cups whole grain flour, such as spelt or a gluten-free mix* or whole wheat 2 teaspoons baking powder 2 teaspoons baking soda 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt 2 teaspoons ground ginger 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves (*add 2 teaspoons xanthan gum for gluten-free)

Put the brown sugar and margarine in a mixing bowl or the bowl of a mixer. Beat until creamy and fluffy. Add molasses, water and vanilla extract. Mix until smooth.

Mix the remaining dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Add to the molasses mixture and mix until smooth.

Cover the mixture and refrigerate for about 1 hour.

Remove the bowl from the refrigerator. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

On a clean surface dusted lightly with flour, roll the dough in portions to about 1/4-inch thick. Cut with cookie cutters. Transfer to the prepared pan.

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, depending on thickness, until the edges are firm. Let cool five minutes on pan, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

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What do you know about phlebotomy salary?

The average salary of phlebotomist is said to be $ 25 000-35 000, based on a 40 hour week. This salary may be affected by many factors such as education, location, experience and job performance.

Phlebotomy is a profession that can be learned at colleges or training programs at medical organizations. Most schools offer certificate, associate degree or a bachelor’s degree in pursuing this field. If you have to choose an online course, there are many online programs available. Although the main aspect of this work is to draw blood for laboratory tests, additional phlebotomist classes are necessary to learn the preparation of the patient, laboratory equipment and other skills that will help a person to be a professional in this area. You can work in a hospital, doctor’s office, clinics, private laboratories, the Red Cross or other health care facilities. Your occupation may involve travelling if you are a mobile phlebotomy technician.

If you become a highly valued employee with growing experience you will be paid substantial. On average, a beginner with no experience will earn about $ 25,000 per year. If a phlebotomist perform these functions for one to four years, he or she can expect a starting salary of $ 27 000, and phlebotomists with 5-9 years experience earn about $ 30 000. For experienced workers with 10 to 19 years hospitals and nursing homes pay from $ 32 000 per year, and those with 20 or more years of experience have a starting salary of $ 36 000.

Phlebotomists can expand their opportunities by promoting their education and obtaining additional certifications or degrees. One can become a laboratory supervisor or administrator with management tasks. Of course, your work place is also very important. If you find phlebotomist jobs in the private sector you will earn higher salaries. A position in research labs and blood banks is very advantageous too.

The location where you live affects the potential wage to be expected. For example, in Chicago annual salary of a sampler is approximately $ 33,000 per year. In Wyoming, the average salary is $ 31 000, while in the Southeast U.S., wages are lower and a phlebotomist can earn about $ 28 000.

If you are looking to become a medical assistant but not sure, where to start then you should sign for phlebotomy classes now. By getting your phlebotomy certification you demonstrate to employers that you are serious about a career, not just another job.

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