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A FRESH NEW START ALSO MEANS TAKING CARE OF THE HOME
Annual preventive sewer maintenance is only one reason why we are so busy during the spring months. As the saying goes, “April showers bring May flowers,” and we might as well add, “and plenty of sewer and drain problems too!” Rain is one of the many blessings we get during the spring as it amplifies the promise of new life and greenery. But too much of a good thing can cause problems, such as backups, leaks, or small floods. Many of the issues that come up during the rainy season can be prevented or caught early if you occasionally check your drains. And if you begin to notice things running slower than usual, give us a call right away before things get really backed up and messy. We can help you avoid backups and any other drainage problems that come your way this spring. This month, I hope everyone enjoys spring to the absolute fullest by welcoming the new season and staying dry.
around the house. While you’re in the middle of dusting, rearranging, and washing, keep in mind that this could be the perfect time for some house maintenance too, especially regarding your sewer and drains. For me and my team, these spring months are pretty busy. After a long winter, people want to make sure their sewer and drains are in working order. In the theme of spring-cleaning, take some time to check your drains for clogs, clear your gutters and downspouts of leaves and debris, and check your sump pumps.
The spring season brings feelings of new life and new beginnings into our lives. In fact, many cultures used to celebrate the start of the new year on April 1, when spring would take hold, until the Gregorian calendar was implemented throughout most of the world. And it’s not hard to see why. With buds appearing on trees, grass growing up through the ground, flowers blooming, and fresh breezes blowing, it’s easy to understand why celebrating the new year at this time made the most sense. Springtime inspires us to throw open our windows to let in a fresh breeze and take part in a bit of spring-cleaning
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In a time when it’s so easy to let technology and school run your child’s life, what’s your role as a parent or guardian? We often hear motivational quotes talking about the importance of risk-taking and resilience, but it can be tough for little girls to learn from just YouTube videos and school alone. Here’s how you can encourage your daughter to spark her own confidence during her toughest moments. T I PS FOR RA I S ING STRONG , CONF I DENT WOMEN ENCOURAGING YOUR LITTLE GIRL Even children can feel pressured to perform to high standards yet stay within their comfort zone. They might think, “I’m not strong enough to climb this tree.” But whether it’s climbing trees or building things with others, small feelings of bravery can grow larger as they grow older. Self-empowerment will be a crucial skill in their lives, so encourage a mindset focused on growth through the process of learning. Teach them how the brain grows and adapts rapidly whenever we encounter failure and that failure and mistakes are a part of life. Once they understand that failure isn’t permanent, they’ll be inspired to take risks and solve their problems. Psychologist Angela Lee Duckworth studies successful people in a wide variety of fields, from business to the military, and has found that the quality most successful people share is grit. The ability to stay engaged with tough tasks for a long period of time is a skill that takes a long time to build, but it’s not impossible for your girl to begin developing grit right now. Duckworth believes the growth mindset can start young girls on a path to embracing failure and moving forward from it. TRUST YOUR DAUGHTER WHILE TEACHING GRIT. ENCOURAGE BRAVERY AND A GROWTH MINDSET.
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Ryan Reid, the son of Reid & Pederson owner John Reid, grew up watching how hard his dad worked for his business. When he was a sophomore in high school, Ryan decided to join his dad in the field as a technician and soon discovered how much he enjoyed the work and the people he worked alongside. After graduating from high school in 2010, Ryan started at Reid & Pederson full time. As the next generation of Reid & Pederson, he is proud to have had the opportunity to work with his father for the past 10 years and looks forward to whatever the future
holds. “I’m excited to carry on the family business,” he says.
Since day one, Ryan has enjoyed the work he does, but the best part about being on the team here, Ryan says, is meeting new customers and seeing the people he’s gotten to know over the years. “The best part about what I do is solving the problems they have,” Ryan says. “Seeing the relief on their faces once those issues are fixed is really rewarding.” Working side by side with a team he’s grown close to, Ryan’s love for helping people shines through. “Everyone here is always willing to help each other out and lend a hand when needed. It’s an ethic that has been fostered here by my dad and Kevin and something that I’ll keep adhering to.” While Ryan loves spending time with his dad at work, he also loves spending time with his family at home. Ryan spends any free time he has taking long walks with his wife, Samantha, and his two dogs, Peanuts and Buttons. With the winter falling further and further behind, the four of them are excited to enjoy the beautiful spring weather and fresh air. Whenever they don’t make it outside, you can catch them spending time together at home relaxing. This spring is especially exciting for Ryan and Samantha, who have plans to travel to Colorado to attend his cousin’s wedding. The two of them are excited to see the mountains, and Ryan is especially looking forward to seeing friends and family he doesn’t get to see very often.
However, a lack of trust in your daughter can suffocate her growth. Despite all the adult-directed activities we give our
kids, we need to step back and let them make some of their
own decisions. We can give them encouragement and help along the way, but for
the most part, we need to trust they can solve problems on their own.
When you put faith and trust in your little girl to handle her most difficult problems, she’ll learn to do the
same for herself.
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T I PS FOR YOUR SEWER AND DRA INS KEEP THINGS FLOWING!
Ah, spring. Warmer weather, budding plants, and a sense of renewal. Many people seize this time of year as an opportunity to purge closets, tidy up, and thoroughly clean and organize their homes. In the midst of spring-cleaning, however, it can be easy to forget some of the more unseen parts of the house. Your sewer and drain systems consist of pipes that bring fresh water in and wastewater out. Over time, your pipes will age and crack, and if your landscape consists of trees and shrubbery, you run an increased risk of roots finding their way into the sewer line. Maintaining annual pipe maintenance is one of the easiest ways you ensure things are flowing without obstruction. Below is a list of a few easy steps you can take to prevent backups and clogged drains in your home this spring. • Keep your gutters, downspouts, and roof vent pipes clear of leaves and other debris that has accumulated over the (long!) winter months. • If you’re inclined, inspect all the water pipes in your home to find leaks or damage. Or you can always call a professional to do this for you too. • Install backwater valves on all floor drains to prevent unexpected sewer backups.
• Have a professional rod out any clogged drain lines in your home to clear them before the heavy rains come and make your clogs bigger. • Occasionally pour a bucket or two of water down infrequently used drains to fill the trap and prevent odors and sewer gas from entering your home. • Install mesh strains on main drains like your kitchen sink, laundry tub, and bathtub to prevent hair, lint, food, and other debris from entering your pipe systems and clogging them. • Test your sump pump by unplugging the unit, waiting 30 seconds, then plugging the unit back in again. If it kicks on and begins pumping water, you’re good to go! • Clean your washing machine lint trap to prevent backups while doing laundry.
• Inspect your garbage disposal and give it a good cleaning to keep it in tiptop shape. An easy recipe for cleaning and
deodorizing is to pour 1/2 cup of baking soda into your disposal, then pour 1 cup of vinegar over it. Let the mixture sit in your disposal for 10 minutes, then rinse away with hot water for a minute or two.
ORANGE GLAZED SALMON
“EMBRACE THE PRESENT MOMENT FULLY AND WITH PASSION, BECAUSE ONLY THROUGH THE PRESENT MOMENT DO WE TRULY LIVE.” –RICHARD L. HAIGHT
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1 tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped
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2 salmon fillets (10 oz total)
Zest from 1 orange
1 tsp salt
1/3 cup fresh-squeezed orange juice
2 tbsp ghee
1 tsp tapioca starch
1 tbsp garlic, minced
1. Heat oven to 425 F, and line a sheet pan with parchment paper. 2. Salt each fillet with 1/2 tsp salt. Bake for 6–8 minutes. 3. In a saucepan, combine ghee and garlic and cook over medium heat for 3 minutes. 4. Add rosemary, zest, and juice. Cook for another 3 minutes. 5. Stir in tapioca starch until lumps disappear and mixture thickens. 6. Plate salmon and top with orange sauce.
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START PLOGGING. If you’re passionate about staying active and cleaning up your neighborhood, then this is the perfect activity for you! Plogging combines jogging and picking up litter, which takes care of your health and keeps your community clean. Anybody can do it: Just throw on your running shoes, grab a bag, head out the door, and pick up any stray bits of trash you see on your morning jog or evening walk. IMPROVE RECYCLING THROUGH EDUCATION. An important goal during Keep America Beautiful Month is to spread awareness about recycling. There are various ways to educate those around you about recycling and encourage them to do their part. At work, for example, you can volunteer to lead a recycling initiative by printing off guides and fostering discussions on why recycling is so essential. At home, you can make a commitment with your family to fulfill the three R’s of recycling: reduce, reuse, recycle. To discover more ways to participate in Keep America Beautiful Month, visit their website at KAB.org today!
Have you ever walked through a park and seen a plastic bottle or wrapper lying on the ground? If so, did you pick it up and properly dispose of it? You might not have realized it, but in that moment, you took a small step toward keeping your community — and, by extension, America — beautiful!
April is Keep America Beautiful Month, and folks who celebrate aim to help each community in every state stay clean and green. Created by the nonprofit organization Keep America Beautiful, this holiday offers a perfect opportunity to roll up your sleeves and work to better the place you live in. Here are three ways to show your appreciation for a green America this month. TAKE ACTION ONLINE. With the current COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the world, it might be difficult to get outside and participate in a few community cleanup programs. But that doesn’t mean the public still can’t participate in Keep America Beautiful Month. April 22 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, and to celebrate, Earth Day Network is providing digital events for everyone around the world to take part in. Follow Earth Day Network’s social media accounts and stay updated on efforts to keep the Earth green or participate in an event yourself! For more information, visit EarthDay.org.
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