Author: Melissa

Loafing at Lake Almanor

[media-credit name=”Photo by: Ben Graham  | Mountain Valley Living Magazine” align=”alignleft” width=”300″][/media-credit] Your road trip to the Lake Almanor Basin could take some real time, if you have it. There are several lakeside inns and RV parks all around the lake. As you venture in from the Quincy area on Highway 89, if you keep going straight you will find the west shore resort area with two resorts with cabins, lakeside restaurants, RV spots, boat slips and Majors’ Outpost Boat & SeaDoo Rentals where Joe, John and the crew will be ready to show you a good time. Jared Johnson of Majors Outpost gives country star Chuck Wicks and his friends the low down on riding Sea Doos before they headed out to the Dorado Inn on the east shore. The rental outfit is located under a giant green tent on the beach at Plumas Pines Resort, where it has been for over two decades. There you are going to find all kinds of boats for rent and a ton more fun available on their SeaDoo watercraft. These guys will make you feel right at home while they educate you with the skills needed to master the watercraft of your choice. Choices include everything from aluminum fishing boats to competition ski boats with wakeboard booms. Plush and comfy pontoon boats offer shade and the luxury of swimming and relaxing on...

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Be Fire Wise About Wildfires

[media-credit id=1 align=”alignleft” width=”300″][/media-credit]  Be fire wise about wildfires   By Brian Wilson State Farm® agent   Wildfires are the most destructive natural disaster on Earth. We’ve all seen the pictures. The wildfires that plague our neighboring states, burning up debris and houses that stand in their path … that lash of orange flame that begins as a spark and ends in a fire out of control. If you live in foothills, grasslands or mountains, you are at risk! Each year thousands of wildfires burn across millions of acres of land, mostly west of the Mississippi River. In 2004,...

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Feng Shui Indoors by Jeannie Brovelli

FENG SHUI INDOORS by Jeanne Brovelli, Interior Re-designer La Casa Bella Fine Furnishings According to the ancient practice of Feng Shui, our home tells a story.  It tells about who we think we are and reflects not only our external circumstances, but the inner workings of our minds. The chi is considered the flow of energy in a home or garden. Consider doing this little exercise: you be the chi and do a walkthrough in your home.  You will probably find some very interesting things, as I did when I did this exercise.  Think of yourself as energy flowing and how easily, swiftly, too swiftly, abruptly, disjointedly, gracefully, whatever way … you flow through your home.  This will give you lots of information about how to improve the energy flow and the feel of your home as well. Entryway-  Considered the most important aspect of the home, it is said to speak of the health and safety of those within.  Things to consider: Can you find the entrance easily? Is it too straight of a line leading in- you can add foliage to soften. The doors should open inward. There should be something to define and support the guests arriving, but not blocking the entry. Remember- the chi needs to be able to enter (inhale) easily and then leave (exhale) through a different door.  The windows represent the eyes...

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Folding the U.S. Flag

By Melissa Wynn                   May we always remember that our independence, which we celebrate each 4th of July, was hard won by the brave soldiers of the United States in the Revolutionary War. Tribute is paid to these heroic veterans and all of our nation’s honored dead each time the US flag is ceremoniously folded.  According to USFlag.org, the flag is carefully “folded into the shape of a tri-cornered hat, emblematic of the hats worn by colonial soldiers during the war for independence. In the folding, the red and white stripes...

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Help to Avoid Foreclosure

      Foreclosure Avoidance Counseling HUD-approved housing counseling agencies are available to provide you with the information and assistance you need to avoid foreclosure. As part of President Obama’s comprehensive Homeowner Affordability and Stability Plan (HASP), you may be eligible for a special Making Home Affordable loan modification or refinance, to reduce your monthly payments and help you keep your home. If you need help understanding the Making Home Affordable programs, you can contact a counseling agency in your area that will provide you with free foreclosure prevention services. If you are eligible for the loan modification or refinance program, the counselor will work with you to compile an intake package for your servicer. Foreclosure prevention counseling services are provided free of charge by nonprofit housing counseling agencies working in partnership with the Federal Government. These agencies are funded, in part, by HUD and NeighborWorks® America. There is no need to pay a private company for these services. Help for Unemployed Homeowners By July 1, all mortgage servicers participating in the Making Home Affordable Program will offer extra help for homeowners struggling to make their monthly mortgage payments because of unemployment. The Unemployment Program will offer homeowners a forbearance period to temporarily reduce or suspend their monthly mortgage payments while they seek re-employment. If you are delinquent on your loan payments and need immediate assistance call +1.888.995.HOPE (4673)...

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