November 27, 2014

Extreme Comfort Is The Goal


What’s the most used piece of furniture in your office? If you said a chair, you are absolutely right! You most definitely have to have a comfy place to sit to work and having the right chair is imperative in my opinion.

For me, it is especially so because I have a physical condition (fibromyalgia) that dictates my every move each day. I need something to cushion my underside and support my back. It all sounds very easy to just go buy a new office chair, but, for me, shopping in a store is almost torture and certainly less convenient. I’d rather shop online.

I suppose you might make the argument that you can’t sit in a chair online, but for me I know exactly what kind of configuration I need and just by looking at an image of a chair, and I can tell if it would work for me. I mean, come on, it’s not rocket science to choose an office desk chair, right?

A site I’ve been looking at for office desk chairs is Chair Hero, also found online at chairhero.com, and from my views of the variety of chairs they have, I’ve picked a few that I think would work for me.

What do you like in an office chair? Lumbar support, a chair with arm rests, or adjustable height controls? Truthfully, you need at least two of those choices, but I think I need a fabric cover for both the back and seat areas. And, lots of cushioning in a wide seat bottom! I’ve always had an armless computer chair and it works quite well for me, so that would be one thing I could give up if I had to. So many choices… but I Wanna see more before I finalize and order. That’s the hard part, choosing. Sigh.

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Surprising Uses For Custom Printed Posters


Many people never think they’re going to need a poster until they are faced with a time crunch and suddenly they needed one “yesterday”. I suppose you would ask yourself just how many uses are there for a poster anyway, right? Here are some suggestions you might never have considered.

• Mom or Dad’s military ship is coming home from a long deployment. You haven’t seen them in at least six months, but hell or high water, you are going to be there on the dock when that ship comes into port. By making up your own design your sign welcoming them home will be one of those that stand out in the crowd.

• Artists love custom posters of their artwork. It’s much more affordable and the orders are quickly filled, so it makes it cost effective to distribute their creations once they received them from the printer. Do you have a special photo or personal creation you would love to have on a custom poster printing? Remember, there is always the opportunity to add custom poster frames to a custom poster too.

• Sports teams use the posters in several different ways. One way has been to take a photo of the team, add a calendar of their schedule and that makes sure the fans are well aware of the dates, times and locations of the next big game.

• Those in interior design love using their client’s family photos to add to a feature wall so the faces of children or special pets pop out when they do the “big reveal”. We’re sure you’ve seen home improvement programs where the clients are brought into the home and not only is there a big makeover of the house interior, but there’s a big custom poster printing of their child’s baby picture smiling back at them.

• Here’s another idea that might appeal to the men in your life: make a poster of their favorite dream car, motorcycle or any other sporting equipment they find interesting, blow it up and hang it on the wall in the garage or man room.

• Because you can order many different sizes of custom posters why not use them as door prizes, or have one printed for your next family reunion with the family tree so everyone can find their place and see just how they’re related? This article has really got your creative juices revving, hasn’t it? You are invited to visit the site and see products here today.

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Datestones, Marriage Stones and Lintels – Poindexter

Poingdestre marriage stone

Several years ago when I was researching my Poindexter family the lineage took me back to their origins on the Isle of Jersey to some very early years. With those early years came very early customs, some of which were stones for their houses.

Identification Stones

 

 

On the page where I obtained this image the caption reads:

IPD ETZ 1817 Les Côtils, Rue des Côtils (St H);
Jean Poingdestre & Elizabeth Touzel. (see more here).

I’m not referring to stones that you would use to build houses, but ones to identify who resides there. There are different types of these stones. Some are called datestones because they might be indicating the date that the family moved into a home, or when the couple residing within were married. In the case of the stone pictured above, it was when the new house was done after there had been a fire. (I especially like the entwined hearts between the initials of the residents!).

I’ve found a very delightful website called The Jersey Datestones Project that gives examples of stones from the Isle of Jersey, the birthplace of my ancestor immigrant George Poindexter (Poingdestre) and one of his family, Jean Poingdestre and his wife Elizabeth Touzel. At this writing I’m making a guess that the page referred to was authored by Alex Glendinning.

Lintel Stones

You’ve probably seen a lintel stone over doorways many times, but may not have known their technical name. In modern times they can be plain, with no writing on them at all. They may serve a structural purpose, or also denote the establishment of the family residency in the home.

 

Lintel of the entry of a building in Paris, wi...

 

Do you have a lintel stone or datestone on your home?

 

 

Share Places, Events and Photos With Schmaps

Schmaps example

Schmaps and Schnaps

How would you like a very easy way to alert bunches of people when your group or business is having an event? And, even better, tell them exactly where it is with a map and photos if you like.  I’m trying out a new Twitter/Facebook application called Schmaps, and have just added some local addresses as my first foray into the Schmaps and Schnaps world.

As you probably have surmised, the concept behind Schmaps (maps)  and Schnaps (snapshots) is to connect a location to a map, and add an address to the location if you have one.  You can use one of your Flickr photos, or upload one from your computer.  (I would caution you to use only your own photos, but I admit the one I used for the map above I “nabbed” from their website.) :)  Even if you don’t have an address for a location like a business, Schmaps has a good search engine that many times will find it and add it to your map.

Several of my genealogy friends spend a lot of time on the road giving presentations and attending  jamborees, expositions and seminars.  As an early adopter of the application I was able to upgrade to the $60/mo Pro version for 6 months. It looks like they have over 800 free Pro accounts yet to give away if you’re interested in trying out the application.

Schmaps keeps a list of my uploads and allows me to retweet them if I choose to do so.  I can also choose to put the tweets on a schedule if I like.  Clicking one button also allows me to connect Facebook with Schmaps to further spread the word about a location or event.

I would really like to see the genealogy community at large adopt this application and use it for promotion and updates about events at geographical locations.  Genealogical societies, are you taking note?

If you absolutely love a business, why not give them a little boost in advertising like I did, and put them on the map with Schmaps?

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