Enjoying Spring and Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

This spring has been filled with many changes, challenges and good experiences. Looking back at the goals achieved as well as the new ones made, I can see where my visionary mindset has truly taken me into the magnificent direction that has gifted me a sense of success, happiness and a feeling of being accomplished. This spring, I noticed the beginning of reaping the benefits of delayed gratification as a self-employed entity which continues to be sweetly rewarding. I further had the honor of helping someone grow into a fellow author and delivered appreciation toward many others. This spring of 2012, has been enlightening, inspirational and fantastic!

Receiving blessings during springtime is delightful; a great way to begin the year. Spring is about rebirth and renewal. Many see spring as the time to begin something great and new. Animals usually naturally have their babies during springtime. Spring is a time to enjoy the beautiful new greenery and spring flowers. Even the spring rains grant those in agriculture a chance for a successful harvest. Spring is a time for rejoicing and seeing the year brimming with limitless possibilities.

May, being a month where spring definitely is in full force, usually has warmer weather where my dog can enjoy the great outdoors longer. This means much to him for this beloved dachshund loves being outdoors enjoying the warm sunshine, literally basking in it.  This brings me to the delicious thought of the traditional Memorial Day barbeque that many enjoy with family and friends. Where I live this particular weekend at the end of May normally has great outdoor activity weather, sunny and bright.

Honoring Memorial DayThis year Memorial Day is Monday May 28th, which makes Memorial Day Weekend 26th – 28th. I truly believe this particular Memorial Day is extremely important considering all going on in the Middle East (Israel, Pakistan, Libya, Syria and Afghanistan). Many of us know someone or have a beloved one who is either currently serving in the armed forces or who has given their life in service. Most of us have had a friend and/or family member who have been in the US military, now a veteran. On behalf of all of these brave and gallant men and women, I plan taking Memorial Day off in their remembrance with much gratitude filling my heart. I shall take time to remember their noble sacrifice for the good of our country and its citizens. Those in the US Military do great deeds! I thank each one of them.

Wishing all a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!

Alicia Rose

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There is much new on Alicia Harrell’s Bookstore!

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One of the featured selections on Alicia Harrell's Bookstore and more website.

Throughout the month of July, Alicia Harrell’s Bookstore and more expanded by several web pages. Alicia Harrell’s Bookstore now offers articles as freebies, services, books, DVDs, children’s toys, rare books, autographed copies from well known authors, featured selections and much more.

Alicia Harrell’s Bookstore and more is currently accepting feedback and ideas about content. If you know of something that would be a great addition for this website, do not hesitate to visit and use its handy Contact Form on the bottom right of its Welcome page.

All feedback is welcome on Alicia Harrell’s Bookstore and more. This is a visitor and author friendly website.

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For those who regularly visit this blog website, I do sincerely thank you. As my time permits, more content will be added to the other pages. I am currently occupied with working on Undermining Alex the sequel to Just Alex.

Thank you and happy August to all!

Alicia Rose

Moving tips I have learned

A moving truck

A moving truck aka moving van

Greetings every one!

The month of April was filled with moving plans from Southern Oklahoma to Central Oklahoma. Our move-in scheduled date was the beginning of May, so we had much to plan and prepare. As I went through the moving process I found a few moving tips handy to apply.

While preparing to move, make certain you have enough boxes and storage containers; especially for everything non-perishable in the kitchen. This is not easy, but I determined one 58 quart size storage container per kitchen cabinet. This was nigh perfect. I only had to purchase six Banker Boxes for the heavier kitchen items like the canned goods, pots and pans.

Packing canned goods and non-perishable food items like rice, cereal and sugar that is already in the kitchen to take with you is a good way to save on groceries upon moving into the new place. This makes stocking the new place’s kitchen cabinets less expensive. Doing this saved me $25 – $40.

If you have an ice chest and the new place is only hours instead of days away, you can further save money by placing perishables including frozen food items in it. I have a small ice chest I use to transport ice packs, frozen vegetables and some refrigeratable items that will not spill. In this latest move, packing the ice chest saved me about $25 – $35 in groceries I otherwise would have had to purchase upon moving into the new place.

The small ice chest fit perfectly in the trunk of our car with the suitcases and a few other items we did not want to put in the back of the moving van. The frozen items and ice packs stayed frozen because they were only in the ice chest for three to four hours.

Investing in the plastic storage containers of assorted sizes is a money saver. I have found that I use these containers for storing holiday decorations, business paperwork one should save for 5 to 7 years in case of an audit and the like. There is usually a need for a storage container and they are a great way to make the most of one’s storage space, tidy up closet clutter or use as organized storage underneath the bed. If you move every 2 years or more, plastic storage containers save you about $50 – $100 per move for there is little need to purchase boxes. Unused clean boxes cost from 50 cents to $3 each (or more).

Another way to ease the pain of moving is the week before the move-in date, to begin packing per room. I recommend starting the packing process in the bedrooms 8 to 7 days before the move-in date. Leave the bathrooms and kitchen for two days before the move-in date. Example: For a 2 bedroom home, if you’re planning to move in on a Monday, begin the week before on a Sunday. Begin packing on Sunday and Monday the bedrooms (usually takes 1 day per bedroom). Tuesday and Wednesday pack the den (or office) and living room. Devote Friday and Saturday for the dining room first, and then pack the
kitchen. This will give you the Sunday before the move-in date to place all packed items plus the furniture into the moving van.

One thing I have found a must have for moving is an air-bed (usually used for camping) that has an air-pump. We used ours the night before we moved and slept comfortably with all packed in the moving van. We were able to get up in the morning fully rested, cleaned the house so we left it in excellent condition and left after lunch to our new place.

Another thing to consider is pricing out moving vans if renting them. Highly recommend for some places that rent them might have specials or like U-Haul special in-state daily rates that could save on the moving expense. Determining the entire moving expense before moving to the new place is also a good idea. This way you know exactly how much is going to be spent and can budget the move better.

We found planning ahead with the moving expenses and employing these packing methods saved us time, aggravation and stress throughout our move. Another noticed benefit was we were less tired upon our arrival to the new place in comparison to past moves.

Cheery May,

Alicia Rose

Alicia added a new page!

Spring flowers blooming

Spring flowers blooming in the countryside.

Hi and welcome everyone! Thank you for stopping by. Hope March has been treating you well. I have added the Alicia Harrell’s Bookstore page. Doing my best to add content that is of interest.

Spring this year lands on March 20th. Where have the days gone? They do go by fast when busy.

Feel free to leave a comment and let me know what you think of this informational blog domain. Would love to hear from you.

Happy March and National Nutrition Month to everyone,

Alicia Rose

Alicia started her online bookstore February 2011

Internet's Best Marketing Articles

cover of e-book, "Internet's Best Marketing Articles"

February 2011 was a big month for me. I learned much about marketing, advertising and the importance of a domain name. I found out many Internet users search by domain or blog name. Having both of these, or at least one, from a marketing point of view gives one a promotional edge. Most businesses know how crucial this is regarding gaining customers.

Desirous of having a domain name for my newly formed online bookstore, Alicia Harrell’s Bookstore, founded the beginning of February, 2011, I seriously looked into this matter. My research brought many surprises including how pricey most of the companies that offer domain names and domain services are. The majority insist on one paying for 2 years at a time which adds up and can end up costing $60 or more. I mostly saw the more and cringed as these 2 year plans (package deals) did not meet my budgetary requirements.

DomainPros.com was the affordable website I chose to get my certified domain name www.aliciaharrellsbookstore.com. This website was recommended by my bookstore‘s supplier who was very encouraging and helpful. Going with DomainPros.com has turned out to be a blessing, bigger than expected.

One feature I fell in love with is their email service. DomanPros.com has an email service I found inexpensive, useful, easy to use and receive emails from others, plus beneficial for my bookstore (listed on my website for customer use). It is an email I can also post on advertisements. For any business this is crucial; having a reliable email address with domain name and service gives a professionalism most customers notice.

DomainPros.com offers several package deals varying in price that include privacy settings, security, certification for domain name, email service, domain names, web hosting, marketing tools, and build a website service. These packages range in price from $11.99 per year for a .com domain name on up. It depends upon what you want in your package that reflects the needs of your domain or domain name. They have reasonable pricing for .co, .info, .net, .me and .org too.

I chose a .com for my domain name because my bookstore is commercial and that is what .com means, a commercial entity listed online. What I liked best about DomainPros.com was the ability to renew my package annually which for me is easier to budget. I highly recommend DomainPros.com; especially for the budget conscience.

Looking forward to March and sharing more with you,

Alicia Rose

Winter arrived February 1st in Southern Oklahoma

Icles hanging from roses

Greetings,

Thank you for visiting my WordPress blog domain. It is appreciated. I have in the past two weeks added or altered some content throughout its web pages. This blog domain has become my monthly project instead of the planned weekly or bi-weekly one. I sincerely apologize to those who prefer weekly or bi-weekly updates or added content. 

My time currently is 95% dedicated to writing Science Fiction novels and Freelance Writing on the websites listed under the tab “Published by Alicia Rose.” The other 5% includes family time, walking my dachshund, cleaning our home, emailing, shopping for groceries and incidentals, plus other very ordinary aspects of living as well as keeping this domain updated.

Today, February 1, 2011, Southern Oklahoma received its first real snow and ice for the winter. According to my yardstick, we received about 3 to 4 inches. The method I used is not the most accurate. I went to six different spots in my front and backyard to determine the average snow in inches with the use of my yardstick. My husband teased me about acting like a meteorologist when I came indoors after sticking the yardstick into the snow to determine snowfall.

Due to the amount of snow and ice received, I will not be driving my car today. My mailbox is iced shut. I am uncertain how my mail will be delivered. The screen door to my front door’s threshold is snowed closed; will not budge when I attempt to open it.  According to my Weather Channel dashboard, it is 11 degrees Fahrenheit (freezing is 32 degrees Fahrenheit) where I live. A good day to stay warm indoors, eat soup and drink hot beverages.

Wishing all a fabulous February,

Alicia Rose

Happy New Year – Eleven years into the 21st Century!

Happy New Year greeting

New Year party items.

When I was a child like many, I viewed the turn of the century with awe. As a teenager, I could hardly wait for it was expected to be “so much better”. When the turn of the century finally arrived, one year after 2000, I looked around and thought, “Is this it?” All the anticipation for “different” and “new” left me with a twinge of disappointment upon 2001’s arrival. I did not notice as many changes as was expected.

Well, over the past eleven years, there have been noticeable cyber technology changes that would have left someone in the twentieth century full of awe. Our laptops hold more data than the PC’s of the 1990’s. Online we can do much more in comparison to the old dial-up where one waited and waited and waited before doing one thing online. Today, we have instant gratification online by being able to “hook-up” with the Internet within two minutes or less.

Cell phones have also come a long way from the larger do not fit in your hand pre-2000 versions. Today most have a cell phone. Some only have a cell phone; no land-line because they like the cell phone package deal their cell phone telephone service provider gave them. There are many in Sulphur, Oklahoma who are like this. How do I know? They are my neighbors. I am a rare breed of cat, because I do not own a cell phone.

In 2010, it was leaked via the news televised broadcasts the CIA and FBI could locate anyone through the signal their cell phone releases when they make a call. Hmmmm…..I regard this an invasion of my privacy and the right to be not found if that is my choice.

Well, I am not your ordinary American either. I still expect the US Federal Government to adhere to its social contract with me (The US Constitution). I applaud the Tea Party Movement for their stand about this. Our Founding Fathers did not create the US Constitution so the government could ignore it on behalf of the “general welfare” in order to implement socialistic progressive measures that helped create the trillion-dollar plus deficit. No, I’m not a member of the Tea Party; merely a sympathizer for their movement.

Today, January 4, 2010 while reading the Daily Oklahoman, I read an article about strict adherence to the US Constitution and how the Republicans who are the US House of Representatives Majority are insisting on making certain all the US government budgets into its budget is constitutional. I am delighted to see this. President James Madison who wrote the US Constitution would probably weep with joy for he fought for this over and over and over and over…….. Bet the budget is much smaller and the deficit lowers once the federal government complies with the US Constitution; quits sticking its nose into State’s business under the guise of “general welfare”. Amendment 10 prohibits this.

Well, we still do not have the flying cars and machines that make our food for us. No starships with the ability to travel in “warp drive” or go faster than the speed of light by employing a quantum system. No Moon Base, either, how very disappointing. I sure would have loved to visit the moon or been allowed to travel the galaxy. That teleport Gene Roddenberry cooked up for the Star Trek series sure looked like it could work – too bad its fiction still too.

In spite of not yet having what we see in Science Fiction TV programs and movies, the “green” technology we are creating and do have is a step in the right direction. We need to have healthier ecological technological advances. Oil is filthy. Oil creates many negatives in an ecological impact. The leak in the Gulf of Mexico proves my point. Louisiana still is suffering from the oil’s toxicity. The negative impact of that oil leak will be felt for many more years. How come actors are giving their money to foreign countries when they could be helping the state of Louisiana who desperately still requires aid? Why do the wealthy actors feel it is more humanitarian to assist foreign people instead of their fellow countrymen? I think these well-intentioned actors like George Clooney need to open their eyes and look around their own country which happens to be the USA. We have people in need here. There are people for many reasons who require humanitarian assistance. Not all states are extremely wealthy or can care for their citizens. Look around people!

Apple and Microsoft continue to surprise us with their smaller and smaller versions of a Laptop or PC. Those DVD’s are much better than the old floppy disk of the twentieth century. They hold much more, including video and sound recordings! Hey, we have the ability to have pictures on our computers and share them via an email with others. They could not do that in the twentieth century!

No twentieth century President would have taken as long as President Obama did to sign the paperwork necessary to help those who were affected and afflicted by 9/11. No President before the twenty-first century would have forced Health Insurance on Americans. Back then they had choice to have it or not. Psst, the USSR did force people to have their version of Health Insurance in the twentieth century and look, it did not make it into the next. It went bankrupt and dissolved. See where socialism gets a government? Non-existent, my friend.

Oh, the USSR did not wither away into a true communist state. Karl Marx was wrong with his theory of economic evolution. Thank Earth’s lucky stars! There are no rights and liberty in a pure communist state. Everyone becomes exactly like everyone else for the good of the economic system. Personally, I like my individualistic tendencies. I would not fit in a true communist state. I prefer to think for myself.

We do have much to be thankful for. Better Alternative Medicine, medical emergency assistance, and the average median for lifespan is much higher than in the twentieth century. Some reports have the average in the 90’s. There are people over 100 still living! That truly is awesome. As for me, I am hoping to beat the average by many many many years.

Happy New Year! Enjoy 2011 and may it be your best year ever!

Cheers,

Alicia Rose