Maintaining Your Oven

Cleaning your oven and maintaining it is a good way to extend the life of your appliance. Appliance repair vancouver is available but there are simple things that you can do as well like cleaning it out. A good rule of thumb is to clean out the inside at least once every 6 months, or 2-3 times a year. If you use your oven almost every day, or if your recipes require more grease, you would need to clean it more often. If you only use the oven once in a blue moon, you can get away with a good clean twice a year.

10 Oven Maintenance Tips to Take Care of Your Oven

  • Make Use of¬†Your Oven’s Self-Cleaning Feature.
  • Clean¬†Your Oven Regularly.
  • Don’t Remove¬†Your Oven’s Knobs.
  • Inspect and Replace¬†Your Gas Line.
  • Always Unplug¬†Your Oven When You Clean.
  • Check¬†Your Element (Burners) Regularly.
  • Take Care When Baking.
  • Don’t Forget to Clean¬†Your¬†Racks.

What happens if you don’t clean your oven?

Baking food inside a dirty oven will absorb fumes. This food will end up having a bad taste. Even more, other food options will also absorb bad smell as well. However, not cleaning your oven can also make it inefficient and it will affect its food cooking quality too.

Getting Rid Of The Trash

Bin rental services are very important in big cities and even smaller towns and villages. From removing the waste and unwanted materials from a residence to cleaning out a construction site, bin rentals help you get rid of huge amounts of waste conveniently and keep the area clean. It is also helpful to the environment. Choosing the right bin right garbage bin rental ensures that as little waste as possible ends up in the landfills, while most of it gets recycled or repurposed.

You need to look at dumpster & garbage rental companies that have different bin sizes to accommodate any job size and requirement. How much does it cost to rent a dumpster near me?

  • 4-yard dumpsters cost around $200 to rent.
  • 6-yard dumpsters average $250 in rental cost.
  • 8-yard dumpsters cost $275 to rent.
  • 10-yard dumpsters cost about $300 to rent.
  • 15-yard dumpsters cost around $450 to rent.
  • 20-yard dumpsters will cost $500 to rent.

Many rental companies also charge for the disposal of your junk, a price that’s often based on your junk’s weight. … The price of your disposal may also vary based on your location and how long you rent the dumpster for. Depending on the size of your job, this can add up quickly!

Tickling The Ivories

Have you wanted to pick up an instrument and be musical? Have you thought about taking piano lessons and eventually getting your own piano. Used pianos can also be an option while you are still learning the instrument. It’s not impossible to learn the piano if you have no prior musical experience; just expect it to take you a little longer at the start to master the fundamentals of reading music. After all, everyone needs to start somewhere!

Pianos can be broken down into three types of categories.¬†Grand pianos,¬†Upright pianos, and¬†digital pianos. Each of these pianos have their own unique features that are designed for specific¬†pianist’s needs and environments. An upright piano costs between $3000 ‚Äď $6500 on average. High-end upright pianos average around¬†$10,000¬†‚Äď $25,000. Entry level grand pianos costs between $7000 ‚Äď 30,000. High-end grand pianos such as Steinway, Bosendorfer, and Yamaha can cost between $65,000 ‚Äď $190,000.

Like antique books, antique pianos are not worth a lot of money just because they are old. In actuality these old instruments may be worth very little at all. Most antique, upright pianos are worth $500 or less in very good condition. This is because a piano is actually a machine.

Refrigerator Tips

If you are like us and very reliant on your appliances you must also take good care of them. Cleaning your appliances like your fridge and try to service it every 3 to 4 months. Appliance repair service contacts around you will be really good to have handy as we are dependent on them. Like your fridge is very important for you and your family, especially if you want to store and cook your own meals. As well as keep some fruit handy. While the average life expectancy of a fridge is 13 years, there are some things we can do to enhance that lifespan.

Here are some fridge maintenance steps to put into practice at your house:
  1. Clean the Coils
  2. Maintain the Temperature
  3. Check the Gasket
  4. Change Filters
  5. Close the Door
  6. Stay Level
  7. Cover Food
  8. Fill It

Clean the inside of the fridge with a solution of two tablespoons baking soda and one quart hot water. (Food absorbs odors, so it’s best to use unscented mild cleaners.) Rinse with a damp cloth, then dry with a towel.

Arsenal Transfer Rumours 16-Jan-2021

Mesut Ozil s set to finally leave Arsenal after reportedly agreeing a deal to terminate his contract. Should everything be tied up with the Gunners, that would allow him to join Fenerbahce as a free agent. Ozil hasn’t played a first team football match since March last year but he will be thrown into the deep end once his move to Fenerbahce is complete. The Yellow Canaries finished a dismal seventh place last season but are in the thick of a tense title race this time around. Fenerbahce are in second, behind Besiktas on goal difference alone and just two points ahead of other fierce rivals Galatasaray.

Arsenal goalkeeper target Neto has handed in a transfer request at Barcelona, according to Sport. Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is keen to reinforce the goalkeeping position, with doubts over summer signing Alex Runarsson’s long-term suitability. Neto, 31, joined Barca from Valencia in 2019, with Netherlands keeper Jasper Cillessen heading in the other direction. The Brazilian is hoping for more game time at his next club, after finding himself as Marc-Andre Ter Stegen’s understudy at the Camp Nou.

Arsenal are scouting Brentford striker Ivan Toney ahead of a possible summer move, according to the Express. West Ham are also interested in Toney, who joined the Bees from Peterborough in the summer for ¬£10m and is now the Championship’s joint top-scorer with 16 goals this season. However, the report claims the Gunners won’t be making an offer for the 24-year-old this month, and will instead be keeping an eye on him until the end of the season. Brentford are also unwilling to part ways with Toney, as they bid to earn promotion to the Premier League after last season’s play-off heartbreak.

Arsenal 0 Crystal Palace 0

Arsenal’s recent resurgence was checked by a stubborn Crystal Palace, who claimed a hard-fought point from a forgettable encounter at Emirates Stadium. Tagged as relegation candidates as little as three weeks ago, the Gunners came into the game off the back of four straight wins in all competitions, but were unable to find their way past the well-drilled and disciplined visitors. For a side in such good form, Arsenal were a disappointment going forward, their best effort at goal a shot on the turn from Alexandre Lacazette into the side-netting.

Their only other clear-cut chance was an angled shot from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang that Vicente Guaita palmed away. There was more goalmouth action at the other end, with James Tomkins heading an Eberechi Eze free-kick against the bar and Christian Benteke drawing a fine save from Bernd Leno with a nodded effort of his own. The point leaves Arsenal 11th on 24 points and Palace two points and a league place worse off, but comfortably clear of any relegation worries. It was only three weeks ago that West Brom boss Sam Allardyce said Arsenal were in the middle of a battle against the drop.

To be fair to Allardyce, he had a point at the time. But that prediction has been made to look somewhat foolish by the Gunners’ subsequent three straight league wins, which included hammering the flailing Baggies. In light of their upturn in form this result has to count as a minor blip, but it underlines the fact that Arteta’s side remain a work in progress. Young players like Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe have added some much-needed zip and creative flair in recent games, but they were stifled here, flickering into life all too rarely against a dogged opponent. Lacazette had scored in each of the last three league games but was marshalled well by Palace and spurned his only real chance, while Aubameyang remains frustratingly ineffective in his role on the left. Arsenal also felt the absence of the injured Kieran Tierney and his driving forward runs from full-back.

Chain Event

Write about the bleakest thing you’ve done to make money.

In the grand scheme of things I don’t think this was the worst thing that anyone has ever had to do. No way! People have had to far worse and bleaker things but in my case the only thing that I can think of is selling off my gold chain.

This gold chain was a gift from my dad and mom on my 14th birthday if I remember correctly. I used to get lockets that I liked and wear them on my chain. During the rest of my teenage years and my early 20s I would wear it on a daily basis and never take it off. Money became tight by the time I was 22-23 and my family suffered. In 2002 I applied for an interview in a startup company in Calicut and I had very little money for myself. Thinking about the next couple of month’s rent I made a decision to sell my chain.

I went to a store that buys gold ornaments and items and sold it to them. The money that I had would feed me for 3 months and pay my rent for 3 months as well. I didn’t regret it at the time but I do regret it now. I wish I could have found another way to get the money instead of selling it off.

Prompt from Cheryl Strayed’s writing prompts

Conspiracy Theories : The Reptilian Elite

Ok so I think I should say that most people outside of the US, Canada and the UK are only mildly aware of these conspiracy theories if at all that. If were to ask people in Asia, Africa, Europe, Australasia & South America I wonder what percentage would be aware of this crazy stupid theory.

Blood-drinking, flesh-eating, shape-shifting extraterrestrial reptilian humanoids with only one objective in their cold-blooded little heads: to enslave the human race. They are our leaders, our corporate executives, our beloved Oscar-winning actors and Grammy-winning singers, and they’re responsible for the Holocaust, the Oklahoma City bombings and the 9/11 attacks … at least according to former BBC sports reporter David Icke, who became the poster human for the theory in 1998 after publishing his first book, The Biggest Secret, which contained interviews with two Brits who claimed members of the royal family are nothing more than reptiles with crowns. (Picture Dracula meets Swamp Thing).

The conspiracy theorist and New Age philosopher, who wore only turquoise for a time and insisted on being called Son of God-Head, says these “Annunaki” (the reptiles) have controlled humankind since ancient times; they count among their number Queen Elizabeth, George W. Bush, Henry Kissinger, Bill and Hillary Clinton and Bob Hope. Encroaching on other conspiracy theorists’ territory, Icke even claims that the lizards are behind secret societies like the Freemasons and the Illuminati.

The Love Of The Burrito

Growing up, one of the elusive fast food items that I had seen in many a Hollywood movie or American tv show was the burrito. Not during the 11 years growing up in Kuwait or til very recently did I ever see burritos around me. A little over till 3 years ago I had heard of a Mexican themed restuarant in Kakkanad but I never got the chance to go there. However a few weeks after that I was in Cafe 17 in Kaloor and I saw that they had a minced beef burrito as well as a veggie one. Ofcourse I was gonna try it!

A burrito is a dish in Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisine consisting of a flour tortilla wrapped into a sealed cylindrical shape around various ingredients. The tortilla is sometimes lightly grilled or steamed to soften it, make it more pliable, and allow it to adhere to itself when wrapped. Burritos can also be served “wet”, that is to say covered in a savory and spicy sauce, where they would be eaten with a fork and knife rather than the convential hand held meal it usually is.

Burritos are filled with a savory filling, most often a meat such as chicken, beef, or pork, and often include a large array of other ingredients such as rice, cooked beans (either whole or¬†refried), vegetables such as lettuce and tomatoes, cheese, and condiments such as¬†salsa,¬†pico de gallo,¬†guacamole, or¬†crema. Cafe 17’s burritos was devoid of salsa and quacamole but it has the rest. And then in late 2018 (just before Christmas) Taco Bell launched in my city. I have enjoyed a couple of burritos from there and even a taco but I really prefer the burrito. They are fun, versatile (for any meal of the day and uses all sorts of ingredients), and also happen to be extremely tasty! A single¬†burrito¬†would make up a whole meal, as they are quite filling.

Weird Laws In Africa

1. Kenya: In Kenya, you can be arrested for walking around with no money in your pocket because it is illegal

2. Sudan: In Sudan, it is illegal for men and women to sit together without a guide. Otherwise, they can be fined or jailed

3. Guinea: The name, Monica, is very illegal in Guinea. You can be arrested for giving the name to your child

4. Ghana: In Ghana, an actor can be jailed for acting too many movies

5. Equatorial Guinea: In Equatorial Guinea, it is illegal to read foreign books, magazines or literature

6. Eritrea: It is illegal to practice a religion without first registering your decision with the government

7. Mauritania: It is illegal to renounce Islamic religion. If you refuse to repent within 3 days, you’ll be sentenced to death

8. Nigeria: It is illegal to import fruits, drinks, wine. In this age of global trade, this law is considered a little too strange

9. South Africa: In South Africa, it is illegal to purchase a TV without a license from the government

10. Chad: In Chad, it is illegal to take photographs in the country without obtaining a permit beforehand

11. Madagascar : It is illegal for pregnant women to wear hats in Madagascar

Be Kind To Yourself

When I‚Äôm in pain ‚ÄĒ physical or emotional ‚ÄĒ the kindest thing I can do for myself is‚Ķ

Physical pain – since I have have them a few times, I know what is the kindest thing I can do for myself. It would be to get complete rest and relaxation. Not do anything to strenuous or taxing and just relax as much as I can. In 2019 August I had a toe fracture on my right foot and I also strained the ankle of the left foot. I took 10 days off from work on advice of the doctor. I watched movies and tv shows, binged watched a comedy show on Netflix.

I did very little reading and no work at all. I slept long hours and I shaved only once or twice during those 10 days. I took my medicines and listened to some music and even surfed the net everyday but mostly it was off my feet and watching tv from my bed. That did me a world of good. I felt recharged as well once the week was over. It also helped that no one from work troubled me for those 10 days and all I had to do was send screenshots of my x-ray and doctor’s note.

Emotionally speaking the same thing works. I usually will welcome friends and relatives who have well meaning but I usually do like it when I am left alone and can surround myself with things that matter the most. Star Trek & other scifi shows, rock music, watching movies and rest and relaxation.

Prompt from 30 Journaling Prompts for Self-Reflection and Self-Discovery

RIP Julie Strain

Julie Strain who was an American¬†actress¬†and¬†model¬†who was¬†Penthouse¬†Pet of the Month in June 1991 and later chosen as the magazine’s Pet of the Year in 1993, has died on January 10th.¬† Nearly one year after a false report, it was reported that she died from dementia; she was 58 years old.

in her nineteen years of acting she racked up over 130 credits, including an appearance in the Exorcist¬†spoof¬†Repossessed, Steven Seagal’s¬†Out for Justice, the Jean-Claude Van Damme film¬†Double Impact,¬†Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult,¬†Beverly Hills Cop III, and the horror films¬†Witchcraft IV: The Virgin Heart,¬†Psycho Cop Returns,¬†The Devil’s Pet,¬†Sorceress,¬†Sorceress II: The Temptress, the¬†Bare Wench¬†franchise,¬†How to Make a Monster,¬†Thirteen Erotic Ghosts, and¬†Blood Gnome, among others.

Her most well-known roles came in¬†Heavy Metal 2000¬†and the Andy Sidaris films¬†Fit to Kill,¬†Day of the Warrior, and¬†L.E.T.H.A.L. Ladies: Return to Savage Beach, as well as Christian Drew Sidaris’s¬†Enemy Gold¬†and¬†The Dallas Connection.¬†Her half-sister Lizzy Strain followed her into acting, and the sisters both appeared in the films¬†Bleed,¬†Delta Delta Die!,¬†Birth Rite,¬†Bloodsucking Strippers,¬†No Pain No Gain,¬†Tales from the Crapper,¬†Evil Ever After,¬†Azira: Blood from the Sand,¬†Chantal,¬†The Devil’s Muse, and¬†Magus.

It was revealed in 2018 that Strain was suffering from degenerative dementia, an affliction that was tied to head trauma she received from a horse riding accident when she was in her twenties. That accident also gave her retrograde amnesia, which wiped much of her youth from her memories.

Strain was married to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman for over a decade, and together they had a son named Shane. Her longtime companion Dave had been taking care of her during her final years, and he was holding her hand when she passed away early Sunday morning.

Happy (Belated) 14th Blogaversary

Happy 14th birthday to my blog Awake & Dreaming & a happy 14th Blogaversary to me! I can’t believe that it’s been 14 years already. This entry is 11 days late as I completely forgot.

It was on the 1st of January that I setup this blog in a day with the help of my cousin (over the phone), who guided me through the process and by night I had the thing setup. Then I installed WordPress and started blogging. I then spent many days trying out various themes; I think this one here is the 30th or so theme that I have tried out.

This isn’t my first blog though; I first started blogging in 2002, through blogger.com, when I lived in Calicut and continued with it when I moved back to Cochin. I was an inconsistent blogger, nothing having an internet connection at home & from 2003 till 2006, not having a computer at home. By 2005 I started getting more & more into blogging and I created a new one in blogger.com and called it Count Roshculla : Awake & Dreaming. I started spending more time in internet cafes and hence could blog a lot more consistently. But I always wanted my very own website & domain and I wanted to install WordPress. That was achieved on January 1st, 2007.

I have made quite a bit of money with this blog. Especially since November of 2018. I’ve since been able to get myself off to a little holiday in a nice hotel, bought a heck ton of dvds and boxsets that I have craved for so long and even been able to take a date to nice meals. I am so proud of what I have done, especially in the last couple of years. This blog is a big part of me and I want to continue through for several more years to come.

Holding Signs Long-term Contract

Arsenal defender Rob Holding signs new, long-term contract at the Emirates after battling his way back into Mikel Arteta’s plans following serious knee injury. Sportsmail revealed on January 1 that Holding was set to avoid Mikel Arteta’s squad cull after forcing his way back into the Spaniard’s plans this season. The defender almost joined Newcastle United on loan in August but the move was blocked by Arteta. Holding has since made 18 appearances in all competitions and has started the last 11 Premier League games.

The 25-year-old, who joined Arsenal from Bolton in 2016, has had to battle back from a serious knee injury which he picked up in 2018. The defender ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament and spent nine months on the sidelines. Holding was a regular starter during Project Restart last season and helped the Gunners lift their 14th FA Cup. His deal was set to expire in 2023 and the summer arrivals of Gabriel and Pablo Mari threatened to push the centre back down the pecking order. A loan move to the Magpies was close to being completed before Arteta stepped in. The Spaniard wants to trim his bloated squad but sees Holding as a key part of his long-term plans, even rewarding him with the captain’s armband for the game against Everton in December.

The defender has stood out in recent victories over Chelsea, Brighton and West Brom, with Arsenal conceding just one goal across the last three games. The Gunners are now just six points off fourth place and booked their place in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Saturday with an extra-time victory over Newcastle.