Did you know that having a blog on your website can increase traffic to your site by boosting search engine optimisation? Fresh content is how Google thrives, and the more new content you put on your website, the higher you’ll find yourself in the rankings. A blog is the easiest way to ensure that you have new daily, weekly, or monthly information on your site – and using outbound links (as well as backlinks to your own content) will boost you even more.
But it’s not just about the search engines. Having a blog is a great way to develop relationships between you and your potential and current customers. It offers them an insight into how you work, allows them to comment and get involved, and blog posts are ideal for sharing on social media, which gets your name out there and pushes it further than it might otherwise be able to go. If your blog is full of helpful, interesting information then that’s where people will visit first, and each person who visits the blog is a potential customer.
And if a blog is something that you think might be of interest (or if you have any other copy writing requirements), please don’t hesitate to get in touch or check out my website (www.lisamarielamb.co.uk) for more information.
I like writing about all sorts of things; flash fiction, poetry, short stories, novels… And these pieces of writing are in various genres; horror, romance, children’s, literary fiction, mystery… With over one hundred different projects, either completed or in process, I like to think that I’ve managed not to repeat myself when it comes to plot and characters.
I try not to anyway.
But there is one thing that I do mention a lot, and I’m completely aware of it. It’s not always intentional (although at times it is integral to the plot), but whether I mean it to be there at the start of a story or not, ‘the woods’ often pops up.
What do I mean? I mean actual, literal woods. Deep, dark places full of trees and animals and scary things. Or peaceful places full of beauty and clearings of dappled sunlight and twinkling, tinkling streams that lead on to adventure.
I love to write about them too. Sometimes my stories are set within the trees. My recently completed novel, a children’s horror entitled The Waldgeist of Wanderal Woods, focuses the entire story in the magical world below a lush, green, leafy canopy. Another of my short stories is called “The Woods Today”, and is about a rather nasty teddy bears picnic. And another, “Miles To Go” details the shock and confusion of a man who awakes naked in a snowy wood.
Equally, some of my stories just touch on the woods. In “Fairy Lights” the protagonists camp by the edge of a wood, not daring to enter. “One Man and His Dog” has the eponymous man looking towards the woods, but eventually going in the other direction. “Careful of the Castle” involves a woman sitting on a hot, sandy beach; but she wishes she was wandering through the shaded woods of her home town.
There is something so fascinating, so elemental, so mysterious and exciting about woods, inside or out, that I find myself drawn to them. Of course, it helps that I’ve lived near one for almost all of my life. Or rather, near a few of them. The very first house I can remember backed onto woodland. I have a distinct memory of playing in the garden, sitting on a swing that my dad made and which hung from a big old apple tree, and staring, hard, hard, harder, over the back fence and into the woods. I wanted to see something move. I never did, unless wind-waving leaves counted.
A few years later we moved, and this time the garden was bigger, and at the bottom of this one was a large meadow on which horses roamed. That was nice. That was fine. But it was what was beyond the meadow, just on the horizon, that delighted me – a patch of trees that I was happy to call a wood. I even climbed over the back fence on a few occasions and ran across the field, dodging manure, to reach the trees. But fear of what (or whom?) I would find forced my back home. I never did go in.
The house after that, the one in which I spent my teenage years, had an even bigger garden, and this time woods came with the land. Just a little bit, but my excitement was at intense proportions, and I spent a lot of time at the bottom of the garden, just inside the woodland, daring myself to go further.
I still dare myself. My parents still live in the house. Every time I visit, I think about it. Maybe one day I’ll venture in.
When I married, we moved to a pretty little end of terrace in a village. And yes, right outside our front door, was a patch of woodland. It was beautiful, but we outgrew the house and had to move. I now live in an old cottage in the countryside and all around me is farmland. But just down the road are the woods. The real deep, dark woods.
Will I go in? Or will I leave it up to my intrepid characters, as I usually do? Maybe that’s why I write about the places so much – my stories let me do the one thing I’ve always wanted to do, but been afraid to actually go through with.
I am a ghost writer. And it’s not actually as spooky as it sounds (although, to be fair, my favourite genre is horror).
It’s one of many services that I provide as a professional freelancer, but what exactly does it mean, and how could it help you?
Ghost writing is the name given to the act of writing articles, blog posts, social media posts, books, stories, or anything else which is to be published under someone else’s name. I’ve produced hundreds of ghost written blog posts for various clients – many on an ongoing monthly basis – and it is their name that is seen when any reader clicks on the author link. Once I’ve written the piece (and, more often than not, posted it using the log in details I have been given), any ownership I might have had is gone; it all belongs to the site owner.
I have also ghost written a number of novels, as well as writing my own. One of these is about to be published, but it won’t be my name on the cover – it will be my client’s.
So what are the advantages to you of hiring a freelance ghost writer?
Running a business is time consuming – there are many day to day elements that need to be considered and dealt with, and writing a regular blog might not be high up on the list, even though it is incredibly important. Hiring a ghost writer means that your web rankings can grow but you don’t have to lose your own precious time making it happen.
Once someone else is running your blog, the pressure is off you.
You Are In Control
Even though someone else is writing the content for you, you as the client are entirely in control of what that content is and how it is used. The writer puts it together for you, but you are the one who uses it to your advantage. This can be cost effective if you choose to re-use the blog post or article in a newsletter or brochure, for example.
Your skills lie in your business – whatever the niche, service or product you are selling, that’s where your talent can be found. You might not necessarily also have the talent to craft an interesting, readable, thought provoking, shareable blog post as well. A ghost writer will.
And when it comes to novels and stories, the same is true – you the client could have the most wonderful plot, fully formed characters, but trying to put them all together might prove difficult for you if writing isn’t your ‘thing’. Or you simply might not have the time to sit down and craft an entire novel.A ghost writer is the perfect solution.
If you feel that a ghost writer would be the ideal way to grow your blog and website, to publish an article, or to write that novel you’ve always known you’ve got in you, then please get in touch.
Perhaps the question should actually be: would a writer ever want to retire?
I don’t know. Currently, I can’t imagine ever not writing. What would I do with myself? Even if I’m not writing for clients (a rare event, granted, but sometimes my evening and weekends allow a little me time), I’m writing for myself. Novels, short stories, the occasional poem, even the odd blog post now and then (yes, it happens!)… It’s what I love to do the most.
Writing is a strange thing. As the old saying goes, even when a writer isn’t actually writing, they’re thinking about writing. They want to be writing.
So is there really any such things as a former writer? Someone who used to write for a living and now just doesn’t. And if these people do exist, how have they filled the void that used to be all about the words? Writing is, for many, a part of themselves. It’s not just a job, it’s a calling. And to give that up for something else, or to give that up for nothing at all, it just doesn’t seem possible.
One of my favourite authors, Stephen King, retired once. Guess what he did during his retirement from writing? He wrote. And then he was published. And then he wasn’t retired anymore (not that he ever had been, in my opinion). He just couldn’t help himself, and I, for one, am grateful for that.
But then, what about Shakespeare? In 1613 he just stopped. No more plays, no more sonnets. Of course, for some this is more proof of the astonishing, fascinating, and almost believable conspiracy theory that Shakespeare never actually existed in the first place (more on that in a later blog).
Charles Dickens carried out what can only be described as a ‘farewell tour’, travelling the country and reading his last novel, Our Mutual Friend. Only it wasn’t his last novel because when he died in 1870, he was halfway through writing The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Strangely, and rather wonderfully, this novel (half novel) was actually published in its unfinished state.
Let me know – could you retire? Would you retire? Do you know someone who has and are they any happier for it? Or do they still dip their pens into the ink every now and then when they think no one is looking? I am not sure that someone who used to write would be able to wake up one day and say, “No more. Today is the day I will not type a single word. And I never will again either.”
And what about other careers – are any of them really so easy to step away from? Contact me or leave a comment and tell me what you think!
You pedal and you pedal and you pedal… maybe you pedal some more, perhaps a little more after that. But eventually, finally, you get tired. You have to stop. Of course you do. It’s wearing and wearying and it takes up all your energy.
If you’re not getting anywhere, that is.
If you’re going nowhere after all that pedalling, it’s not only tiring, it’s frustrating and it’s saddening and it feels like a waste of time.
It can put you off pedalling completely.
You’ll sit on that bike, push one foot down with a sigh that hurts, and wonder why you’re bothering. Then you’ll stop and it’ll feel good. Really good. It’ll feel so good that you won’t want to start again, and you’ll continue your life without any pedalling at all, and you won’t mind.
Ever feel like that?
I do. Stories stick and chapters freeze, and when they do I keep writing because I feel guilty if I don’t. I keep typing one word after another, and it’s wearing and wearying and I know I’m not getting anywhere. I know I’ll just delete the words and replace them with fresh ones, or I’ll forget about it all together and consign it to the story graveyard of my hard drive. Not a great feeling, but a familiar one.
And it feels good to give up sometimes. It’s better for you, and for the story. Sometimes stories are just no good, and that’s okay because we’re not perfect, and not everything we do is brilliant or worthy of publication.
Not everything we do is going to be our best work. It doesn’t work like that – after all, how can you have best if you don’t have worst? There has to be something to compare it to!
Leave it long enough, though, and I have a feeling you’ll get back on that bike, and you’ll pedal again. Leave it long enough, and I have a feeling you’ll get somewhere.
Don’t push your writing – it’s no good for anyone. Enjoy it, and the words will flourish.
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I studied English theory at university and have always been interested in the mechanics of writing, but it wasn’t until 2010 when my daughter was born that I started to write professionally. Although this was out of necessity (it was a job that I could do from home, and it brought in enough to pay the bills!), it soon became a passion. Since that time, I have been published in over 40 fiction anthologies and have written seven novels.
I am now a full-time freelance writer. The majority of my time is spent writing SEO-friendly blog posts for businesses in all kinds of niches from bakeries to florists to roofing specialists and plenty more in between.
Between 2014 and 2020 I was the features and online editor for insideKENT magazine.
Today I live with my husband, daughter, and a cat called Cheryl in a cottage in the Kent countryside, writing, painting, and – whenever possible – watching horror films.
Preparing to bring a new baby home is fraught with so many emotions that it is difficult for new parents to share their joy without also conveying some trepidation and dread. Aside with the never-ending supply of baby supplies, including baby clothes, there are also tales about how new parents’ life are going to alter, which may cause worry and anxiety. Babies’ lack of sleep, constant cycle of nappy changes, odd-hour feedings, and infinite quantities of washing are enough to create concern. Continue reading to learn why new parents take extra particular care with their baby’s laundry, as well as the most comfortable and safe textiles to outfit your baby in to prevent skin sensitivities from fibres.
Newborns have the most sensitive skin conceivable, and everything that comes into contact with it might irritate it. It may be a difficult tag or the washing detergent. That is why it is critical to wash all baby items before placing it on their sensitive skin.
In addition to cleaning all garments, new parents and those providing clothing presents to new parents must choose clothing items with care. Aside from being warm and comfy, it should also be breathable and feel wonderful against a baby’s skin. The following are some of the best fabrics for baby clothes.
Organic Cotton Baby Clothes
One of the best materials for baby clothes is organic cotton. Organic cotton is free of pesticides and other dangerous chemicals since it is derived from natural seeds. Farmers use less water since they often cultivate organic cotton in tropical climates. That offers it an advantage in terms of environmental responsibility. If your child has sensitive skin, you may want to consider buying baby clothes made of organic cotton from one of the many low-cost manufacturers available. In addition to keeping newborns warm and dry, organic cotton can be handed down from one generation to the next since it is more breathable and washes more easily.
Terrycloth Baby Clothes
Your baby’s skin is fragile, therefore you’ll want nothing but a soft towel to remove any extra water from it after a bath. Towels and robes have long been made from terrycloth because of its absorbency and plushness. With terrycloth towels, washcloths, and socks, you can ensure that your baby’s delicate skin is protected.
Viscous From Bamboo
Bamboo is a great material for making clothes for your baby. Viscose made from bamboo is naturally good for a baby’s skin because it wicks away moisture and doesn’t cause allergies. Viscose from bamboo also helps keep babies warm, dry, and free of smells, so it’s great for baby clothes.
Fleece is a fabric made from synthetic materials. It’s fuzzy, soft, warm, and lets air pass through. Fleece is great for kids to wear as outerwear because it keeps them warm and dry. Because of this, it is often used for things like pyjamas and jackets for baby clothes.
As you’ve read, it’s important to take care of the clothes that will touch a baby’s skin. You can dress your baby in any of these safe and comfortable fabrics.
For a lot of people at home, the kitchen is a special place. It’s where they go to have fun and get rid of some stress. But when more than one person is using the same room, it’s not a given that everyone will keep the kitchen clean. This would make the kitchen messy and full of things.
How could you ever solve this problem? You would need a solution that makes it easy to get to all the food in your kitchen while keeping it safe and looking nice – it’s about how you store food. We have the right tricks and tips for you to do that. From food that needs to be kept cool to snacks, our steps could really cover every type of item that a family needs every day.
There are a lot of things in our fridge. From meat to fruits and vegetables. Our refrigerators are full of sauces and other things to put on food. Let’s not forget the food we have left over from the day. We have so many things in our fridge that it’s hard to keep it always in order. So, when things aren’t in order, they look like a boring mess. But if we divide your refrigerator’s organisation into various sections, it is much easier to store food.
When you get fresh fruits from the shop, there are a few things you should keep in mind. First, separate the fruit into two groups: those that smell strong and those that don’t. We do this because we don’t want the odour of our fruit to spread to other things in the refrigerator. So, put the bunch with the strong smell in a separate container in the fridge. You can arrange the rest on your kitchen worktop or on one of the shelves in the fridge.
For fruit that has already been cut, we suggest buying plastic containers that can be used and recycled. Not only are these cheap, but they are also easy to wash and store. Then, you can put these containers in your fridge to store food in a way that looks neat and organised. They won’t take up much room and will give your fridge a clean look.
Most people probably eat snacks more than any other type of food. So, they tend to make the most mess in the kitchen. There is no sense of order, and rubbish from such snacks is all over the place. But this can be corrected with a few changes.
First, get everything that needs to be kept cold. On the sides of the fridge, you can stack juices and condiments. If you have opened liquids or condiments that you don’t want to take up an entire box for, you can always buy pouches to store them. Using cutting-edge technologies like reliable pick-and-place industrial robots, pouch makers can make pouches that last a long time, can hold a lot of things, take up less space, and are easy to open.
When it comes to severe addictions, it’s common to think of the obvious ones first. Alcohol, smoking, and gambling are all examples of harmful vices. People who suffer from addictions like this are at risk of losing their whole lives.
The rise of social media has resulted in a new kind of addiction. Addiction to social media platforms. There are alcoholics, and then there are individuals who are hooked to their phones and Facebook. These companies pretend to care about their customers’ well-being, but if you dig a little further, you’ll discover that’s a lie. You may see this in the current headlines, as hundreds of individuals are requesting Facebook class action reimbursements.
We’re here to help you cut down on your Facebook use. A list of ideas and methods has been put up for those who wish to spend less time on Facebook.
Only Use Messenger If You Want To Cut Down On Facebook
Many users claim that if it weren’t for the messenger app, they would abandon Facebook entirely. So, if you find yourself browsing and want to avoid bogus news and memes, consider switching to only using messenger. Remove the Facebook app from your phone and replace it with the Messenger app. You can even download a PC messaging app.
Turn Off Push Notifications
You can disable push notifications by going to your phone’s settings. That is, when you are offline, your phone will not automatically seek out social network updates. This means that you will only get alerts when you open the app. This is an excellent method for preventing Facebook alerts from fueling your procrastination.
Download A Limiter App To Help Cut Down On Facebook
There are many applications available for all phone platforms that will place a physical restriction on your app use. You can set a time restriction for each app, and after you’ve been on it for that amount of time, the limiter will kick in, preventing access. This is an excellent approach to reduce your time spent on social media and cut down on Facebook.
Go Cold Turkey
This is probably the most difficult and severe option to do. If you’ve tried all the strategies above and still can’t get rid of your Facebook addiction, you may want to seek help. Going cold turkey could be an option for you. This can be done in two ways. For starters, uninstall the Facebook applications from your phone and avoid using Facebook on your computer. First of all, you need to delete the Facebook account that you have. Unfortunately, the clever blighters at Facebook make it extremely hard to remove your account. Instead, you have the option of temporarily deactivating your account. This can be just as useful.
While few people like going to the dentist, keeping regular dental appointments ensures that your teeth stay in good condition. Regular exams may help prevent the development of a variety of oral health issues, such as tooth decay and gum disease. Most individuals assume that they only need to visit the dentist for oral issues, not for their teeth and gums. Everyone, regardless of age, has to have regular dentist visits. Dental exams provide a number of benefits that may help keep your gums and teeth healthy and strong for a long time.
Preventative Care Costs Less When You Visit The Dentist
If your health isn’t motivating you to take care of your teeth, think about the financial benefits when you visit the dentist. Most dental insurance policies include preventative care and other operations, so it’s important to see a dentist on a regular basis. By spotting issues early, you may avoid costly and invasive treatments in the future.
Early Detection Of Issues
Scheduling regular dentist checkups helps you catch any potential dental problems early. While brushing one’s teeth may seem like the sole way to keep one’s mouth clean, this is not always the case. Dental problems, such as abscesses, endodontic treatment, dental implant failure, and serious infection, could also develop from this neglect. However, dental problems may also lead to more serious illnesses such as dementia, diabetes, and osteoporosis, which is a little-known fact. As a result, it’s important to follow your dentist’s advice and visit the dentist every few months so that you can catch any problems early.
Regular dental cleanings are a fantastic method to preserve a radiant smile and boost your self-esteem. There are several ways to improve the appearance of your smile with the aid of a professional dentist, such as teeth whitening and veneers. Therefore, why not visit the dentist and see what a difference it could make?
We’ve all had hectic lives in the past. We all have moments when we wish we could slow down our lives and have a little more free time to ourselves, whether it’s because of the job we do or just because we have a lot on our plates.
To be honest, that’s not a difficult desire to realise! Here are a few suggestions for slowing down your life and the benefits that come with it.
Do Less, Not More For Slowing Down Your Life
Doing less is one of the most powerful ways of slowing down your life. Streamline your tasks and eliminate all of the unnecessary ones. For example, if you spend an hour performing a dozen jobs and don’t feel successful at the end, you should strive to cut down on those jobs to create more time for hobbies and things that make you feel better about yourself.
This will give you the feeling that you have a lot more time to use effectively, but it’s also crucial not to ignore the dull activities if they’re necessary for your life.
Lower Your Stress Levels
Slowing down your life can make your mind less prone to stress, which will have amazing health advantages. The less you worry about, the better you’ll be able to concentrate on key activities and stay optimistic throughout the day.
You’ll be more productive and joyful if you don’t try to do everything at once.
Be More Organised For Slowing Down Your Life
Your life will become a lot more organised if it dawns on you that you don’t need a strict daily routine in order to get things done.
As a result, you’ll concentrate less on meeting tight deadlines and more on completing chores and work because you’re inspired to do so, rather than because your schedule dictates it.
Build Healthy Habits
Finally, slowing down your life allows you to devote more time to self-improvement. For example, if your lunch break used to be 15 minutes, you probably purchased nasty fast food and ate it on the spot. Not only is it unhealthy, but eating too rapidly might cause stomach and digestive problems.
Instead of purchasing something because it’s quicker, why not prepare your own meals or create a salad at home, keep it in a box, and then have a wonderful and nutritious homemade lunch?
All of us need a good night’s sleep, regardless of our age, and when you’re not sleeping well, you’ll certainly feel it. Getting a good night’s sleep is essential if you want to avoid feeling groggy the next day. In order to maintain good health, you must be able to get a good night’s sleep, and this will have a significant influence on your day-to-day activities. In addition to raising your risk of an accident or injury, sleep deprivation may cause you to have hallucinations; you need to get help when you’re not sleeping well.
Getting adequate sleep is essential if you want to keep your mind and body in tip-top shape, but you should be aware of the warning signals that your sleep quality might be improving. Take a look at these symptoms to see whether you’re getting enough sleep.
Confused Emotions When You’re Not Sleeping Well
You should be able to control your emotions and reactions to the environment around you. If your emotions are all over the place, it stands to reason that the cause could be that you’re not sleeping well. When you can’t sleep, it can have a negative effect on your mood, and you may feel gloomy and hopeless on top of your weariness.
You Feel Like You’re Moving Through Treacle
When you haven’t had nearly enough sleep, you may feel as if you’re functioning and thinking in slow motion. It’s like walking and working through viscous treacle, and it might leave you drowsy and unable to move swiftly.
If you’re not sleeping well, you may find yourself forgetting your words in the middle of a sentence. You could also discover that you are unable to keep up with your daily activities since you are forgetting what you should be doing.
You Keep Getting Ill
Your immune system’s strength is dependent on your ability to obtain adequate rest. Not getting enough sleep could result in you getting cold after cold, which will not be pleasant in the long run. Getting more sleep will help you avoid this and feel lot better as a consequence.
You Want Sugary Food
If you’re not getting enough sleep, you’ll notice when you’re always grabbing for chocolate and sweets. You must remember that your body is desiring a sweet boost, which might indicate a lack of energy. Instead of continually reaching for starchy and sugary meals, set an alarm to get more sleep at night. To prevent gaining extra weight and feeling lethargic, you must be able to relax your body and sleep well.
After their children have grown up and moved out, some people discover that their large house no longer serves their needs. They may want a smaller and more manageable property in which to spend their golden years.
If you find yourself in this situation, it might be difficult to determine when and how to downsize. There are a few things you can do to help ease the process of making a choice.
Assess What You Need
Think about what you want from your new house before packing up your stuff and moving out. The things you want today may not be realistic in the future, so consider your requirements carefully if you want to know how to downsize.
How many belongings will you be bringing with you? In order to save part of your old furniture, you’ll need to find a place large enough for it.
It’s possible that as we age, we will become less agile, so a top-floor flat may not be the best option for us in the future. Listing your desires will aid your decision-making in the future.
Clear It Out
Plan ahead of time when it comes to decluttering your home. Begin by searching through your attic and garage to discover what you don’t want anymore. In addition, you should check through your kitchen cabinets and shelves to see if there are any items you no longer desire.
If you don’t need it anymore, get rid of it or donate it to a good cause before you go. Additionally, you might begin selling items on auction websites to raise money for your new house. If you do this, you won’t have to spend a lot of time searching through all of your belongings when it’s time to pack up the home and you need to know how to downsize.
Assess Your Storage Needs For How To Downsize
A better notion of how much storage you’ll need in your new house will come once you’ve gone through all of your old stuff with care. If you’re looking at new houses, you’ll be able to quickly see if there’s adequate space for your family.
You may not have enough storage space in the new home, but if there is enough room, you can always build some more later. When contemplating a move to a smaller home, consider factors such as the number of rooms, the amount of storage, and the location.
You’re a writer. You want to write a story, but you’re not feeling inspired right now. Or maybe you are, but you can’t come up with story ideas that pique your curiosity. You’ll need some techniques to educate you on how to generate tale ideas. And you’d want to employ these methods on a regular basis to generate narrative ideas.
Writing creatively is like a muscle: use it or lose it. Thinking of story ideas is a necessary component of developing that muscle. And wow, if you want to create short stories, you have to think of a lot of ideas. Read on for some ideas about doing it.
Use Prompts For Story Ideas
Looking at writing prompts is the most straightforward technique to get story ideas. They can be found just about everywhere. Google and you’ll discover lists, lists, and more lists of things you can do. Prompt books, games, and newsletters all exist and can be helpful. There is a never-ending supply of ideas for writing prompts. There are even story idea generators online.
Writing from a prompt may seem like a waste of time for some authors because they believe it will prevent them from coming up with anything new. But remember, it’s the author who makes it unique. A hundred different tales will emerge from the same prompt. You are the only one who can make a narrative your own.
People watching is the best way for authors to come up with new story ideas, hands down. There are a number of authors working on their computers at coffee shops. In addition to writing, they’re also eavesdropping on others.
When it comes to creating characters and storylines, there is no such thing as a blank slate. Everyone and everything that happens in our lives is put into context to tell our stories.
To come up with new ideas, you’ll have to pay attention to what others are saying. Eventually, your brain will become “tuned in” to what is going on around you without your conscious effort. You could overhear a few words being said in a shop as you go by someone, and then, wham! A fantastic story concept.
Pay attention the next time you’re out in public (or simply glancing out your window as people pass by). Be aware of your surroundings and stay in the now. You’re surrounded by a sea of possibilities.
The ‘What If?’ Question
Another great way to come up with story ideas is to ask yourself ‘what if?’. Just look around you; what if your kitchen exploded? What if a spaceship landed on your driveway? What if a stranger appeared in your doorway? What if you cracked an egg and money fell out? What if… what if…
Just asking yourself this simple question will give you a plethora of story ideas that you can take and expand on. What if you did that and came up with a way to fight your writer’s block? Amazing!
To properly maintain your house, you must take care of your appliances, landscaping, and windows and doors. Fixing driveway sealing or hiring dustbins to remove waste is a common concern. Still, many homeowners neglect to clean and maintain their home’s windows and doors throughout the cold and hot months.
By taking modest precautions now, a homeowner can go a long way toward guaranteeing that their doors and windows will be in good working order from month to month.
When it comes to making sure the doors and windows are as secure as possible, there are a few considerations to bear in mind.
Make Sure The Doors and Windows Are Sealed
Various things can be done before winter even begins to reduce the possibility of complications during the colder months. Checking the windows and doors for cold air leakage will show you precisely where you could have problems later on.
Leaks are a major annoyance. Not only will the house never be warmed enough, but homeowners in this position will be losing money each month. Weatherstripping and caulk can help a lot.
If the doors and windows have been in place for a number of years, if not decades, it isn’t the worst thing in the world to have them changed entirely. While this is clearly not going to be attainable for everyone, it is something to think about.
If you discover any major damage or concerning indicators, do not hesitate to schedule a free consultation with your nearest window installer. A professional window company can evaluate your doors and windows and advise you on whether they need to be replaced.
The good news is that you can improve your house by designing your replacement windows to fit your contemporary furnishings or creative ceiling tiles. Vinyl windows are so adaptable and economical that they are very popular among homeowners.
A new entrance door also provides more complex choices, such as fibreglass or a smart lock, which may be fitted later by a professional locksmith.
New doors and windows certainly provide several advantages. It is not a terrible idea to get a property examined by specialists before the winter weather really sets in.
Keep The Windows Clean All Through The Year
There is no doubt that the windows go through a deal from season to season. During the winter, there is the possibility of even greater problems. This is especially true for people who don’t keep their windows clean and well-maintained. The good news is that vinyl windows are relatively simple to clean and keep in excellent condition. Simply making an effort to keep them cleaned, particularly when the weather turns cold, can keep the windows safe.
Doors and windows play a significant part in providing long-term comfort and security for your family, thus, they must be appropriately maintained to function correctly. Otherwise, just strive to get new ones!
Many of us travel across the country to be with our relatives, to attend conferences, for work, or just for fun. Some may choose to drive, while others may want to fly, but if none of these alternatives appeals to you, the train may be the best option. How do you keep yourself entertained if you’re travelling by train and it’s going to be a long train journey? Here are some excellent suggestions.
Distracting yourself by colouring is a great way to pass the time on a long train journey. It’s soothing, it puts your mind at ease, and it’s also a lot of fun! After your journey begins, get a colouring book (you don’t even have to have a kid’s one, although they’re pretty awesome too) and some pencils or crayons, pretend you’re six years old again, and settle down for some colouring. If you’d want to attempt something new, you can use methods like shading or colours that aren’t often associated with your style. Make it your own by changing the picture completely. Let your hair down and have some fun!
Read A Book
We’re extremely busy. We’re all extremely busy. So, when was the last time you sat down with a good book and read it thoroughly? We’re not talking about a short 10 minutes here and there; we’re talking about a few hours spent reading an engaging novel that you can truly get into. The train is an excellent time to do so. Go to your local public library and choose a few paperbacks that seem intriguing, or go to an indie bookstore and ask for recommendations on what you might like. Then spend some time reading on your long train journey and becoming immersed in the narrative.
Write A Story
Following on from the reading suggestion, you might try your hand at creating a short tale – or the first chapter of a book. If you’re stuck for ideas, take a glance about you. Agatha Christie’s narrative about train passengers worked well, and you may discover that there are some intriguing individuals and circumstances going on all around you that are great for your piece of fiction. You can work on a laptop, but if there isn’t enough space, you can go old school and use a notepad and pen. If you prefer, you can type it all out on your phone – just make sure you have enough battery power to get it all down!
You can now play a variety of online games on your phone or tablet, thanks to advances in technology. They may vary from puzzle games to hidden object games to games that need you to build your own communities and universes. There is so much variety that no matter how long the train journey is, you will never run out of new ideas to try or games to play.