November 6, 2023 · Manufacturing · (No comments)

Seeing the World from a Cruise Ship


Dusty Baldwin

For those who are new to cruising, you will find that you can benefit a lot from going with an experienced cruise line. You will find that there are lot of stories and tips that will allow you to make the most out of your cruises and so you can avoid a lot of unpleasant experiences.

When it comes to getting to the cruise you will want to have your paperwork and id in hand when you get to customers. You will be required to show your passport or ID to get the ticket or to get on the cruise. You will find that if you know where you have placed them, you’ll be able to produce them quickly and you’ll avoid a lot of stress and possible embarrassment. You may want to keep them in your wallet until you get through customers, but you will want to make sure that you have it in a safe place. You want it to be accessible, but you want it to be in a safe place as well.

You will want to have copies of things like your drivers license, passport, or visa because you never know when they are going to get stolen or lost. You will also want to have backups in credit cards or traveler’s checks. You may want to have a copy at home so someone can forward the information to you safely and easily. You will also want to take a copy with you and place it in a safe on board. You may have one in the room, or in the captain’s room. Always carry the originals and the copies separately, but have them with you at all times.

You will also want to keep in mind that if you don’t have a window and you are in a cabin in the middle of the ship, you will want to have a clock with you so that you can have something to wake you up at the right times. You will find that it will be easier for you to be on time for the scheduled events.

Also, there is no laundry mat so you need to make sure that you have a place to put the clean clothes and the dirty ones so that you can make a distinction between the two. You may want to bring a laundry bag to keep your dirty clothes in.

You may also want to get an extension cord or two so that you can use the outlets on the ship. The outlets are not in standard location and they can be out of reach for your pleasure.

Also make sure that you put things like your lotions, shampoos, and anything else that might leak in a plastic bag. When you do this you will avoid your clothes from getting stained. Also, place your medications in a zip lock bag that is clear so that you can easily go through customs.

You will also want to keep in touch and you will want to get some prepaid phone cards. This will save you some money, rather than use the phones on the ship. With the cell phone you may think that you’ll be covered, but you are going to pay for being out of the area and you may not be able to get a call to go through. You will find that the rates of using your cell phone can end up to be a lot more than you would expect.

Also, you will want to take pictures. It is important that you take extra batteries, memory, and other things that you may want to have related to the camera. The last thing that you would wan to do is run out of film, but you will also want to be aware of the security of the ship and that the scanners for security will ruin your film. This is something that you will want to keep in mind. Sometimes digital is better.

You will want to get your Binoculars to take on the trip as well. You can get a closer look at things and everything with a better view.

Lastly, you will want to make sure things go as perfect as possible. However, there are going to be moments that are less than perfect. Don’t worry about a stain on your clothes or the small things. You’re there to enjoy yourself so let go of all your stress and tensions and enjoy the trip. When you let go of the everyday worries, you’ll be able to enjoy yourself and have a great time.

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July 20, 2023 · Manufacturing · (No comments)

How to Grow Flowering Dogwood Trees from Seed


Michael J. McGroarty

Flowering Dogwood trees can be easily grown from seed, however 99.9999% of the seedlings that sprout will be Cornus Florida, which is White Flowering Dogwood. It doesnt matter if you collect the seeds from a White Dogwood or a Pink Dogwood, the seedlings are likely to be white.

The only predictable way to grow a Pink Dogwood, Red Dogwood, or one of the beautiful Dogwoods with variegated leaves, is to bud or graft the desired variety onto a White Dogwood seedling.

See this page on my website for details on “budding”.

Dogwood trees begin producing seeds right after the petals drop from the flowers. Its a slow process that takes all summer. By late summer the seeds begin to turn red, which means they are just about mature. Dont pick them too early or the embryo will not be fully developed and they will not be viable. When the seeds are fully developed they will begin to fall from the tree, and at that time you can begin to pick them.

Ripe seeds can be removed easily. If they dont pop right off when you grab them, they are not quite ready, give them another week or two. Dont let them fall to the ground, the chipmunks, birds and other critters love them, and usually eat them as fast as they fall.

Once picked, let them sit for a week or so, until the pulp begins to soften. At that time soak them in a pail of water to further soften the pulp. While still in the pail of water squeeze the seeds between your fingers to separate the seeds from the pulp. Once they are separated slowly add water to the pail until it overflows, allowing the water to flow over the edge of the pail slowly.


The viable seeds should sink to the bottom of the pail, while the pulp should float to the top. Allow the pulp to float out of the pail until you have nothing but clean seeds lying on the bottom of the pail. Drain the water and spread the seeds out on a table to dry. Once dry the seeds can be stored in a cool dry place. They will keep this way for some time.

Because Dogwood seeds have a very hard outer coating on the seed, they need to be pretreated or stratified before they will germinate. This process softens the outer coating so that water and oxygen can enter, initiating the germination process. There are several ways to stratify Dogwood seeds, from treating them with acid to storing them in the refrigerator. I will share a couple of techniques that I think will work the best for someone with little experience.

One technique requires that you decide what day next spring you would like to plant the seeds and then counting backwards on your calendar for 210 days to start the stratification process. Here in the north May 15 is a good target date for planting because by then we should be safe from frost. You dont want Mother Nature to do them in before they even have a chance.

210 days from May 15 would put you around Oct. 15 to start the stratification process. To stratify the seeds using this technique simply place them in a plastic bag with some moist (not wet!) peat moss, or a mixture of moist peat and sand. Poke some holes in the bag, you dont want it air tight. Store them in this mixture at room temperature for a period of 105 days.

After 105 days move them to your refrigerator for another 105 days. Dont put them way in the back where they might freeze. You want them cool, but not frozen. After 105 days of storage in the refrigerator they should be ready to plant outside. Just time it so that you get them outside just after the danger of frost has past.

While the seeds are being stored check them weekly, if you have fungus growing in the bag sprinkle a little fungicide in. Near the end of the storage period you should be checking for germination, as soon as 10% of the seeds have germinated they should be planted out. If its too early, plant them in a flat indoors, just make sure they get plenty of sunlight.

To plant them simply sprinkle the entire contents of the bag on top of the soil and spread it out. Sprinkle some light soil over top. Do not plant the seeds too deep. 1/4 of soil over top is all you want. Water them thoroughly after planting, then allow the soil to dry out before watering again. Make sure you plant them in an area that drains well, you dont want them in soggy soil or they will rot.

Thats one technique. Another technique is to nick each seed in a couple of different places with a knife right after the seeds are cleaned, and plant them out immediately in the fall. Cover the seed bed with a piece of screen so the critters dont dig them up and eat them.

Which technique works better?

I dont know. There are so many variables that can change the outcome that I have not seen where one works better than the other. I suggest you do some each way and see what works best for you. I like getting them planted right away in the fall and putting Mother Nature in charge, but its disappointing if something happens and you have a poor stand, thats why its always nice to try some both ways.

You can also grow Chinese Dogwood (Cornus Kousa) from seed. Chinese Dogwood is very popular because it flowers much later than most other ornamentals. Late June is usually when they are in bloom, and the flowers are cream colored against dark green foliage. It makes the flowers look mint green in color. Just use the same techniques as above.

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October 16, 2021 · Manufacturing · (No comments)

byAlma Abell

The passing of a loved one is a difficult situation to handle. The emotional and physical loss of the individual is certain to evoke a great deal of stress and loss. It is important to begin the funeral arrangements for the deceased loved one in your life. This will involve relying on a florist in Ankeny to assist in making the service beautiful.

Choosing the Casket Spray

The largest and most frequently viewed floral arrangement is certain to be the casket spray. This is the floral arrangement that rests on top of the casket, and is viewed by all individuals that enter the funeral home.

It is important to consider the flowers to use in this arrangement, prior to placing an order. The details should be provided to your florist in Ankeny to assist with creating the casket spray. Be sure to consider the type of flowers you prefer to have in this important arrangement. Many people may choose roses and carnations to assist in creating a beautiful arrangement.

The Floral Budget

One factor that must be quickly decided upon when communicating with your florist in Ankeny is the budget you have for the funeral flowers. It is important for family members to know this amount, prior to contacting the florist.

The budget provided to the florist will assist the family in selecting flower types that will assist to sticking to that specific budget. Also, seasonal changes may impact the cost of flowers a great deal and this should be considered.

Type of Floral Arrangements

There are a variety of floral arrangement types to choose from for the funeral service. A common type of arrangement selected by the family is a wreath of flowers which is displayed on a wire stand. This will commonly sit by the casket and often a memorial ribbon will be placed on the flowers.

Another type of floral arrangement that will largely contribute to the funeral service includes vase flowers. The size and type of flowers selected should be indicated to the florist. The vase arrangement adds a great deal of color and beauty to any service.

Finally, consider the flowers that were loved by the individual in life, and work to have this displayed at the funeral service. Click here to contact florist in Ankeny.

September 9, 2021 · Manufacturing · (No comments)


Botulinum toxin type A (of the seven existing types), also called Botox, is a neurotoxin produced by bacteria. The first time it was applied in the field of medicine was in the late 1970s to treat strabismus, otherwise known as cross-eye. Since then, more and more numerous therapeutic applications have been found which has resulted in cosmetic procedures. This is because, among other properties, Botox Lansing MI has the ability to paralyze muscles. This makes it ideal to treat different diseases, and which gave its more popularly known use life: the correction of facial wrinkles.


Although it is a derivative of the toxin that produces botulism, the disease that causes progressive muscle paralysis, the dose that is applied in cosmetic procedures is safe. Even though it can cause death when it affects lung function and whose manifestations are nausea, vomiting and dry mouth, aesthetics allow for safe treatment because of the dose involved. Still, it is essential that you place the Botox Lansing MI injection in the hands of a qualified professional. The uses of Botox and its applications in the field of aesthetics are very beneficial. Perhaps the main advantage of the botulinum toxin is the effectiveness when reducing the visible signs of aging. Even more, the procedure does not involve surgery, which is great for those who wish to stay away from serious complications.

But do not forget that there are also potential side effects and most of them are caused by abuse and using Botox Lansing MI incorrectly. In this sense, the application of Botox is extremely delicate and is not recommended for use in the lower face or those with younger than 20 years or older than 65. Furthermore, its use is intended only for qualified specialists who possess accurate knowledge of both dosing and human anatomy.

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April 7, 2018 · Manufacturing · (No comments)


Threaded inserts or threaded bushings are fasteners which can be made with wood, plastic or metal. There are many applications and varieties of threaded inserts, typically a thread hole is created and the threaded insert is inserted into the hole. This can be used to repair a stripped thread, provide durability in soft materials, eliminate the need for machine operation and assist in conversions such as metric threads to unified threads. Threaded inserts can be found in airplanes, furniture, light fixtures, automobiles, electronics and telecommunication devices.


Metal threaded inserts are made in an either a coil or solid formation, they are ideal for quick repairs for damaged threads in soft metals and protect preformed holes from wear and stripping. Metal threaded inserts are used in sheet metal also known as sandwich metal and honeycomb composite metal to distribute tension and torque over a large area of material. One type of threaded insert is called a captive nut, it is pressed into a pre drilled hole to connect or mold separate pieces. The inserts are knurled to create a strong attachment to the material it is supporting.

Plastic threaded inserts are manufactured in a press in or ultrasonic design and use thermal insertion or ultrasonic welding machines to make a variety of plastic products. Another variety of a threaded insert is called a swage nut, which has a knurled portion that swages the sides of soft metal or plastic holes to better grip the nut. Press in or press fit threaded inserts and swage nuts are used in panels too thin to be threaded or soft materials too weak to be threaded. Knurled inserts can be used for metal, plastic and wood applications. They are designed to withstand torque and provide structure.

Wood threaded inserts are available in a knife thread or hex drive, and can be used in soft or hard wood. Knife threads are commonly used in hard woods such as maple, cherry and oak and hex drive inserts are commonly used for soft woods such as pine. Hex drive nuts are utilized for composition board and MDF. Ready to assemble furniture or modular furniture is shipped in with parts preinstalled with threaded inserts.

Threaded inserts are used and manufactured for a large variety of products and expands numerous industries. Matdan Corp. manufactures threaded inserts and other specialty fasteners in the United States and China for the aerospace, automotive, medical, military and telecommunications industries.