Raccoon Stuffed Animal

Like the real thing, a raccoon stuffed animal is adorable to look at, but, unlike the real thing, it’s never vicious and wouldn’t ever think of harming you. Raccoons are a wild animal that are best left to their own devices, without any human intervention, but a raccoon stuffed animal needs loads of love and attention.

While it’s true that watching a raccoon family is a terrific sneak peek into the wild, the fact of the matter is, these animals can and often do come into conflict with owners of property and residents. There are six species of raccoons, plus the more familiar North American one. They can be found living in forests, prairies, marshes, and even urban areas. They are omnivores and eat insects, small rodents and other small animals, eggs, fruit (such as grapes), vegetable (like corn) and nuts. With their very quick paws, in the wild, much of their food comes from the water where they catch frogs, crayfish, and other types of aquatic creatures. They will also dine on garbage and composts in urban areas. Essentially, they will eat just about anything they find. With the use of their skillful and competent front paws and long fingers in which they are able to pry things open (like garbage can lids) and even turn knobs, they can quite easily feed on anything they want. Once they find a free meal, they will keep coming back again and again. In urban settings they are quite fond of gardens and lawns, especially after a good rainfall. At that time, both larvae and grubs come near the surface and raccoons will dig small holes (and even roll up chunks of sod) to get at them.

Raccoons are mostly active at night throughout much of the year, although through periods of long cold snaps or deep snow conditions, they may lie dormant. Their dens include chimney’s, attics, hollow trees, groundhog dens, garages, porches, and under decks. While it’s preferable that they stay in the wild, that’s not always the case. Loose shingles on a roof, openings in attics, garages, sheds, and uncapped chimney’s, are all open invitations for raccoons to make a den. They can (and will) tear off shingles and chew holes in buildings. Removal of these and other wildlife are always best left to the experts such as commercial wildlife removal companies.

Luckily for you, a raccoon stuffed animal poses no threat to your home – it will sit or lie quietly on a shelf, a bed, or perched on a pillow, until such time as it’s needed. In addition, the food habits of the real thing aren’t a consideration for a raccoon stuffed animal which means it won’t be digging anything up in your garden or garbage diving inside a bin, anytime soon.

Copyright Shelley Vassall, 2010.…

Like the real thing, a raccoon stuffed animal is adorable to look at, but, unlike the real thing, it’s never vicious and wouldn’t ever think of harming you. Raccoons are a wild animal that are best left to their own devices, without any human intervention, but a raccoon stuffed animal needs loads of love and attention.

While it’s true that watching a raccoon family is a terrific sneak peek into the wild, the fact of the matter is, these animals can and often do come into conflict with owners of property and residents. There are six species of raccoons, plus the more familiar North American one. They can be found living in forests, prairies, marshes, and even urban areas. They are omnivores and eat insects, small rodents and other small animals, eggs, fruit (such as grapes), vegetable (like corn) and nuts. With their very quick paws, in the wild, much of their food comes from the water where they catch frogs, crayfish, and other types of aquatic creatures. They will also dine on garbage and composts in urban areas. Essentially, they will eat just about anything they find. With the use of their skillful and competent front paws and long fingers in which they are able to pry things open (like garbage can lids) and even turn knobs, they can quite easily feed on anything they want. Once they find a free meal, they will keep coming back again and again. In urban settings they are quite fond of gardens and lawns, especially after a good rainfall. At that time, both larvae and grubs come near the surface and raccoons will dig small holes (and even roll up chunks of sod) to get at them.

Raccoons are mostly active at night throughout much of the year, although through periods of long cold snaps or deep snow conditions, they may lie dormant. Their dens include chimney’s, attics, hollow trees, groundhog dens, garages, porches, and under decks. While it’s preferable that they stay in the wild, that’s not always the case. Loose shingles on a roof, openings in attics, garages, sheds, and uncapped chimney’s, are all open invitations for raccoons to make a den. They can (and will) tear off shingles and chew holes in buildings. Removal of these and other wildlife are always best left to the experts such as commercial wildlife removal companies.

Luckily for you, a raccoon stuffed animal poses no threat to your home – it will sit or lie quietly on a shelf, a bed, or perched on a pillow, until such time as it’s needed. In addition, the food habits of the real thing aren’t a consideration for a raccoon stuffed animal which means it won’t be digging anything up in your garden or garbage diving inside a bin, anytime soon.

Copyright Shelley Vassall, 2010.…

Lego Blocks – Why Have They Successfully Endured The Test Of Time

Lego blocks were originally patented on January 28th 1958 – that’s more than 50 years’ ago. Yet, did you know that you could still use any Lego building bricks you might have bought from that year with the company’s current-day bricks?

In to-day’s throw-away society, very few products can boast such a remarkably long shelf-life, and the durability of these attractive, colourful blocks is just one reason out of many for their outstanding popularity. But, before we consider the other reasons, let’s take a brief look at the beginnings of this renowned plastic brick…

Origins Of Lego

The original founder of today’s colourful plastic building brick was a Danish carpenter named Ole Kirk Christiansen who, at first, concentrated on making wooden toys.

In 1934, the carpenter named his company “Lego”, from the Danish “leg godt” which, roughly translated, means “play well”. However, it wouldn’t be until the year 1940 that the company started to offer plastic toys. And, it wasn’t until nearly 10 years’ later – in 1949 – that interlocking bricks were introduced, sporting the now-famous round studs on one side, and rectangular hollow on the other.

Reasons For Their Success

When originally introduced, the little building bricks were not particularly versatile. Also, plastic was not considered in a particularly favorable light when compared to wood. However, the Company, with its motto of: “Kun det bedste er godt nok”, or: “Only the best is good enough”, continually worked on and improved its toy.

Nowadays, it’s renowned Worldwide, perhaps being fairly unique in the fact that it pleases both children and their parents: kids derive hour upon hour of fun from it; whilst Mom and Dad recognize that playing with the toy is developing their offspring’s creativity, dexterity, as well as problem-solving faculties.

Here are just a handful of other reasons for the never-ending popularity of the bright little bricks:

• Safe, suitable, and fun for children of all ages… adults too!

• Versatile – most ranges are compatible with each other.

• Durable – you can even pass them on from one generation to another.

• Value-for-money – once purchased, they could last longer than you!

• Easy-to-clean – just wash in warm, soapy water.

• Easily-obtainable – from local stores, the Internet, or eBay.

• Environmentally-friendly production and marketing.

• Many different styles – from the ordinary building bricks through to boxed, up-to-date themes such as Harry Potter, Star Wars and Space Police, which include all people and items to fit the particular theme.

The Company continually strives to improve its product. Nowadays, you’ll even find Lego Education Centers, complete with qualified instructors, and fun, Legoland Parks, where you and your family can enjoy castles, dinosaurs, pirates, wild animals, and even water parks.

Fads come and go but, one thing’s for sure… Lego blocks are definitely here to stay!…

Playing Doctor For Children 4 to 6 Years Old

It is lovely to see children playing doctor and they will even start when only 4 to 6 years old. By that time they will have seen real doctors in the surgery when they go for check-ups and if any of their siblings are younger than them, they will have also most likely visited their mother in hospital during the confinement.

Playing doctor is a time-held tradition amongst kids. Nobody knows how long playing doctor goes back in time but we would think that for as long as mothers and children have been looked after by nurses and medics they will quite naturally have been playing this game.

Playing hospital is just as much fun as playing doctor or any other role playing game, but it also gives a child who loves dolls the opportunity to set up imaginative situations where the child has complete control to work out some simply daily tasks like eating, washing the doll, and of course playing out a doctor's visit possibly along the lines of a recent visit to the child to the clinic, or watching someone else in the family.

Playing doctor is for kids, and doctor play is simply fun is not it? Playing doctor when there is no authority is also nice for the child as they can take an adult role and one which they will look up to the Doctor figure as a role model.

Playing animal doctor is also something that kids do when they have a family dog ​​or cat. They will lean over the animal to use their make-believe stethoscope It's a natural parallel for exploration.

Kids know what a doctor is, they know what it's like to go get a checkup from a doctor. They can give their doll a pretend tablet of medicine, and mock the doll if the doll supposedly does not take the medicine, and this allows the child to distress the situation many have experienced when asked to take medicine which they do not like the taste of. Parents watching may see themselves imitated by the child when playing doctor and find this highly amusing to watch.

Playing doctor can be made challenging, for the child if the parent gets involved and plays with them.

In additional to traditional imaginative games of which playing doctor is just one example, the new computer role playing types of game are becoming increasingly popular with children. Of course all these games need to be very adaptable to cater for all skill levels, but the newly selectable difficulty levels it one particular game are known to make the game much more accessible to the average player than it once was. In fact, if playing the game with a child you can bump down the difficulty for a tough operation and then raise it back up very quickly for the next one.

Girls will always be more willing to play hospital games, like playing doctor than boys, interestingly these sorts of games both act as indicators …

Humorous, Meaningful and Overdue Look Into Emergency Services Worker Experiences

Sherry Jones Mayo has written a tremendously informative and humorous book about the daily experiences of emergency services personnel, whether paramedics, EMTs, doctors, or nurses. After twenty years in the field, Mayo reveals multiple aspects of the job from caring for people who need emergency care, to experiencing tragic losses, difficult and often humorous patients, and coping with fatigue, emotional breaking points, and personal issues.

Most books about trauma are written for the victims and their caretakers-so the caretakers (counselors, responders to an emergency, even family members) can help the victims. Although television dramas pay homage to the courage of emergency services workers-especially in the ER-these programs tend to treat the situations as heroic and dramatic rather than showing the actual real effects-the emotional and physical toll-these experiences have on the workers. Mayo provides multiple aspects of how emergency services personnel respond to trauma, most of it becoming their everyday work, but the deaths of children, cases of child abuse, or situations that resonate with their own personal tragic experiences can require immediate counseling and crisis intervention to protect the workers. Burnout is common, but so is the deep feeling of reward when the greatest efforts pay off.

This book is rich in a variety of experiences ranging from doing emergency care on an airplane to helping overweight people out of their homes, and an emergency services worker experiencing an accident and then seeing things from the patient's side as her co-workers care for her . Mayo shares her own experiences throughout, but she also shares the stories of co-workers, her daughter who was inspired to follow in her mother's footsteps, and numerous other first-person accounts of helping in an emergency.

While "Confessions of a Trauma Junkie" has numerous telling and moving stories, what I appreciated most was the humor. The humorous passages actually made me better understand how emergency services personnel respond to the most difficult situations, the boredom they have to deal with, and the need for humor as a coping mechanism. The workers also do not always receive the appreciation and respect they deserve. They become rightfully irritated when treated like servants, when they are threatened with lawsuits, or when the lazy try to take advantage of them, refusing even to sit up by themselves because a worker can pick them up. While Mayo's experiences occur in the greater metropolitan Detroit area, and a larger economically and socially challenged population exists there, I imagine emergency services workers need to deal with rude and inconsiderate patients constantly, whether in rural or metropolitan areas.

The humor in this book was so rich that I would recommend it to any emergency services personnel simply as a way to cope and relieve stress with a good laugh. Among the many humorous passages, one of my favorites was the response received from a patient when the admitting nurse asked for her name:

I'm too sick to talk. Ask my husband what my name is … can not you see I'm sick? What's …

Exotic Farm Animals – Questions and Answers about Alpacas as Pets

Wondering about raising alpacas as pets? Well, wonder no more. These sixteen questions and answers will help you decide if raising exotic farm animals will work for you.

1. How much room does an alpaca need?

One acre will keep five alpacas healthy and happy.

2. What kind of fencing and shelter are needed for camelids?

Alpacas will not challenge a fence. A fence is needed to keep predators out, especially the neighborhood dog. It must be a fence that a camelid can not stick its head through and get stuck, too. 2 x 4 no climb fencing works well. Be sure a dog can not dig under the fence or gate. A three-sided shelter is plenty in most climates, in really cold areas you may want a barn.

3. What does an alpaca eat?

Hay. They will, also, need some feed supplements.

4. Are children safe around alpacas?

Yes. Children can learn basic skills of caring for a pet with these animals as they are very gentle creatures. They can, also, use these exotic pets for 4H or FAA activities.

5. What other expenses are involved in caring for camelids?

These farm animals must be sheared once a year. You need to worm them and vaccinate them depending on the area where you live.

6. Can I own just one?

Alpacas are herd animals and you should keep a minimum of two otherwise they may become stressed and unhealthy.

7. Are not alpacas expensive?

Not if you purchase geldings or pet quality females. The price ranges from $ 500- $ 1000 each.

8. Can alpacas be trained?

Yes. Alpacas easily learn to lead with a halter on. You can train an alpaca to perform simple tricks if you take time to work with them.

9. What can you do with an alpacas fleece?

An alpacas fiber is very fine. It can be spun into yarn for knitting or crocheting. Or you can felt the raw fiber into garments, rugs, and other items.

10. Besides feeding an alpaca, what other routine care do they need?

Alpacas toenails need trimming about every two months. You'll need to shear and worm them as mentioned before.

11. How large do alpacas get?

An adult alpaca weighs from 120-180 pounds on average.

12. Do alpacas spit?

Mostly at each other, rarely at humans.

13. What climate is best for alpacas?

Alpacas are hardy farm animals and do well in most climates.

14.Can I show my pet quality alpaca?

Yes. There are show classes for fiber / pet animals.

15. Which type of alpaca is better as a pet, the hucaya or suri?

Hucaya alpacas have crimped fiber that makes the alpaca appear puffy. The suri has straight fiber that hangs from the animals body giving it a dreadlock appearance. Suri's are rare and it may be hard to find a pet quality priced suri. Either animal would be a great exotic farm animal pet.

16. Where can I purchase an alpaca pet?

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Artificial Plants For Feng Shui Decorations

Nothing is as reviving as having placed a beautiful plant with bright green petals in corner of your room or at the entrance of your home or office. Getting a fresh bouquet of flowers placed beside your workstation is always welcoming. It not only brightens up your mood but also adds sophistication and class to your office decor. However, live plants can be trouble because of the maintenance involved or can be messy with falling leaves, scattered dust and dying flowers. Fortunately, you can always replace real plants with Artificial Plants that add extra dash of colour to your home or office. These plants being hassled free do not require any kind of special care and certainly make your interiors look more welcoming.

One of the most wonderful facts about these imitations of natural plants is that they come in so many different varieties. You can get artificial shrubs, trees, bushes, exotic plants and artificial Silk Flowers from a wide variety of different species to beautify your decors. More amazingly, all these varieties of plants and flowers when well placed in accordance to Feng Shui can change your family fortunes and harmonise your life.

Feng Shui, literally translated as "Wind Water" in English, is an ancient Chinese practice of achieving harmony with the environment through the design and layout of space and placement of object in one's environment. The positioning of objects is practiced on patterns of yin and yang that is the flow of negative and positive chi (energy). Artificial Trees or plants are thus auspicious as per Feng Shui and play an important role in enhancing your luck and bringing riches to your home.

According to Feng shui it is always advisable to place a few good- quality Artificial Plants either in corner of your living room or bedroom or at the entrance of your hall. Wooded plants placed in East, South or South-East corners of your office bring luck to your career while plants with pointed leaves should be placed in kitchen, living room or office for maximum inspiration. To bring positive energy and to enhance finances, you should place money or jade plant with round and thick leaves in the South-East corner of your home or office.

Seven stalks of Bamboo can bring good health while eight stalks of Bamboo will symbolize growth. These work well when placed in Eastern section of your home or workstation. Exquisitely made Silk Flowers in pink colours encourage harmony and tenderness when placed in bedrooms. Such rooms of relaxation, however, are suggested not to include plants with spines, spikes or pointed leaves. Instead, use round-leaved plants such as schefflera, monstera, or calathea. The most popular feng shui plants and flowers include bamboo, ficus, palms, dracaena, money plants, hanging baskets, peonies, chrysanthemums and lilies. …

Newspapers Vs Internet News

Once, it was difficult to imagine morning without a newspaper. We wake up, drink a cup of coffee and read newspapers in order to find latest news in the country and around the world. Today the world has changed. Every hour there is news, every minute something happens. In order to get the latest news, just go to the internet. And if you prefer, you can even get updates (the results of football games, for example), directly to the mobile phone. And this, of course, without any mention of television news channels, which broadcast 24 hours a day. So who really needs the newspapers and there is still the future of this industry?

First of all, many people read newspapers from the habit. Indeed, why, to change anything? Why switch on a computer or TV, if tomorrow morning we will find a newspaper at the door. And if there has been something abnormal sooner, we will probably hear about it on TV. The feeling of reading the newspaper like reading books, and it is rooted in many people. You can read during meals, in bed before sleep, or even in the bathroom. You can certainly use the laptop in these places, but it is far less convenient.

Major newspapers around the world have already noticed this problem a long time. They understand that the news on the Internet is the future. It should also join this trend and this will help in particular to promote the newspaper. Who does not do so, will be left behind. Creating new and popular site with interesting material is not detrimental to the newspaper, but also expands the sources of funding. Many of those who advertise on the Internet are not always advertised in the newspapers. Thus, a circle, in which newspaper promotes the website and the website, brings new readers to the newspaper. Of course, the web site which belongs to well-known newspaper has an excellent starting point on the Internet.

Statistics around the world shows that the number of readers of newspapers is falling every year, and this is very reasonable. The younger generation does not have a natural attraction to the paper, newspapers and books and they are more drawn to the buttons and screens. Therefore, it is clear that slowly, most of the budget of papers will move on to the Internet. During this transition period, they must retain its best reporters, or their level falls, and they will lose many readers.

Personally, I and my family have long ceased to read newspapers, and it happened as soon as I realized that all the news that I read there, I already knew from websites or TV. If the newspaper does not give new information, so why buy it and spend precious time. Online news sites saves time, allows you to filter content, and make information retrieval comfortable and efficient. I like sites that collect the latest news from different sources. This way you can get convenient and most reliable objective …

Food Saver Bags

If you have ever cooked too much food at one meal, you may be looking for a way to save this food. No one likes throwing out perfectly good food, but sometimes recipes create a little too much for your family to consume. This is the primary reason why food saver bags were invented. People needed an easy way to store leftovers that would allow them to stay fresh until they could be eaten. Not only does this give you another meal to eat, but it also saves money in the long run.

There are many different types of bags used for storing food via vacuum sealing. The various kinds are based on the specific needs of those using them. The main factor you should consider when buying your sealer bags is quality. You will want durable bags that are not prone to leaking, as this can create a mess in your refrigerator and make food storage a huge hassle. These tiny holes would also allow air to reach the food inside, shortening the time it stays good while being stored.

The best food saver bags should be made with multiple layers. This will help to prevent tears that could cause food to spoil or make a mess. This will also keep the food from receiving freezer burn, a condition which makes people want to just throw out the leftovers rather than try to reheat and eat them. No one wants to pull out stored food to see that it has changed colors and is now covered in frost. This is not only a waste of money because of the sealer bags and the food, but is also a waste of time storing the food.

It is good to choose food saver bags that are designed specifically for the purpose of storing food for a few days. There are other storage methods out there, but vacuum sealing your leftovers will keep them good much longer than most other strategies. It is also beneficial to purchase sealer bags that are reusable. These may cost a bit more than one time use bags, but they will save you in the long run because you will not have to replace them after each use.

Most of these vacuum sealer bags are very versatile and durable when it comes to reheating the food. The leftovers can be thawed in the bag, and the higher quality bags allow you to also boil the contents before removing it. Many of them are also microwave safe, saving you from having extra dishes to wash when you want to reheat stored food. Remember that there are several methods you can use to store your foods, but vacuum packing tends to make them last longer and continue to taste fresh days after they have been stored.…

The Invisible Women of the Great Depression

During the Great Depression, women made up 25% of the work force, but their jobs were more unstable, temporary or seasonal then men, and the unemployment rate was much greater. There was also a decided bias and cultural view that “women didn’t work” and in fact many who were employed full time often called themselves “homemakers.” Neither men in the workforce, the unions, nor any branch of government were ready to accept the reality of working women, and this bias caused females intense hardship during the Great Depression.

The 1930’s was particularly hard on single, divorced or widowed women, but it was harder still on women who weren’t White. Women of color had to overcome both sexual and racial stereotyping. Black women in the North suffered an astounding 42.9% unemployment, while 23.2%. of White women were without work according to the 1937 census. In the South, both Black and White women were equally unemployed at 26%. In contrast, the unemployment rate for Black and White men in the North (38.9%/18.1%) and South (18%/16% respectively) were also lower than female counterparts.

The financial situation in Harlem was bleak even before the Great Depression. But afterward, the emerging Black working class in the North was decimated by wholesale layoffs of Black industrial workers. To be Black and a woman alone, made keeping a job or finding another one nearly impossible. The racial work hierarchy replaced Black women in waitressing or domestic work, with White women, now desperate for work, and willing to take steep wage cuts.

Survival Entrepreneurs

At the start of the Depression, while one study found that homeless women were most likely factory and service workers, domestics, garment workers, waitresses and beauticians; another suggested that the beauty industry was a major source of income for Black women. These women, later known as “survivalist entrepreneurs,” became self-employed in response to a desperate need to find an independent means of livelihood.”

Replaced by White women in more traditional domestic work as cooks, maids, nurses, and laundresses, even skilled and educated Black women were so hopeless, ”that they actually offered their services at the so-called ‘slave markets’-street corners where Negro women congregated to await White housewives who came daily to take their pick and bid wages down” (Boyd, 2000 citing Drake and Cayton, 1945/1962:246). Moreover, the home domestic service was very difficult, if not impossible, to coordinate with family responsibilities, as the domestic servant was usually on call ”around the clock” and was subject to the ”arbitrary power of individual employers.”



Inn Keepers and Hairdressers


Two occupations were sought out by Black women, in order to address both the need for income (or barter items) and their domestic responsibilities in northern cities during the Great Depression: (1) boarding house and lodging house keeping; and (2) hairdressing and beauty culture.

During the “Great Migration” of 1915-1930, thousands of Blacks from the South, mostly young, single men, streamed into Northern cities, looking for places to stay temporarily while they searched for housing and jobs. Housing …

The Best Microscopes For Kids Are Discovery Science Toys That Make Learning Science Fun

Microscopes are produced by many different manufacturers and can cost hundreds of dollars. When considering purchasing a microscope for kids whether for use at home or school then there are a number of reliable and durable options. Three of my favourites have one thing in common – they are designed for children to have fun learning about the world around them. Each has different strengths and aims, and all 3 are aimed at slightly different age groups. They approach the topic of magnification from different angles.

First up is a traditional first microscope called My First Lab Duo-Scope Microscope. Its’ dual functionality comes from being able to view both microscopic sized specimens on slides as well as macroscopic (solid) objects like bugs, stamps and coins! You just change whether to shine the light from above for solid objects and from below for slides. This setup has everything you will need for hours of scientific research with an extensive 50 piece accessory kit. Included accessories are: vinyl dust cover, five plain slides, one concavity slide, four prepared slides, cover glass, plastic dropper, two bottles of stain, slide labels, lens paper, forceps, scalpel, plastic test tube, plastic Petri dish, straight teasing needle. An essential, well written and easy to understand instruction manual includes many helpful hints for the young scientist. The microscope requires 3 AA batteries, which are not included, so make sure you have some especially if this is to be a gift. RRP is $79.99. This excellent first microscope for kids aged 9 years and over includes the following features to enhance the scientific learning:

– 10X eyepiece

– 4X, 10X, 40X objectives

– 40X, 100X, 400X magnification

– real optical glass lenses

– dual focusing knobs

– two LED lights

– six hole disc diaphragms

Secondly, the GeoSafari Talking Microscope from Educational Insights is an ideal first microscope for children aged 5 to 9 years old. This microscope comes with 12 prepared interactive slides of fascinating bugs all of which can be stored safely between uses in their very own storage box. With each slide the microscope engages the viewer by talking about each insect and giving many useful facts. The child is then able to check their understanding and what they remember with the fun quiz games. Microscope features 5x focusing magnifier and a light for easy viewing. As with the 1st microscope batteries are required but not included in this case three “C” batteries. RRP is $39.99.

A must for all households and a little bit of a diversion from your original microscope is the EyeClops Bionic Eye which is a handheld bionic microscope meant to be used as a fun toy – not as an educational aid. It allows the user to get up close and personal with virtually any item! All you have to do is plug it in to your television via standard audiovisual jacks common to all TV’s. Make sure you have 5 AA batteries installed and then simply turn it on. …