The Season Of Giving
We were thrilled with the turnout at our Thankful Thursday event last week. Thank you for coming and donating! We have almost filled up our large Must Ministries bin. We will be collecting food items all month as there are so many in need. Bring in five food items and you can still win a great prize. This winner of this week's drawing will receive an Apple Smart Watch!
Before You Go Out Of Town
Many of us will be going away for Thanksgiving. Here are some tips to make your home more burglar proof:
~~Leave a stereo on a talk radio station
~~Put your newspaper and mail on hold.
~~Put your lights on a timer Also leave the light over the stove on all the time, as the kitchen is one room that tends to have lights on the most.
~~Drapes There is some debate about leaving drapes open or closed. Some maintain that by closing them you indicate that you are not at home. Others feel that by leaving them open in order to look like you are at home you invite look-ins by potential burglars. Still others recommend a combination, leaving some open (that look into rooms where there is little of value) while closing others (those that look into what should be occupied rooms.) A nice compromise is to leave upstairs curtains open while first floor drapes shut. Whatever your decision remove expensive and inviting items from view from outside the window.
~~Park your car in the drive way This is another debated tactic. Some highly recommend it to make it look like someone is home. Others maintain that a car that doesn't move is a tip off. Still others recommend offering your neighbor a place to park.
~~Padlock all gates Make your backyard inaccessible. Padlocking your gates when you are at home can be inconvenient, but the advantages of doing it while you are on vacation are great. It not only makes getting into the back yard more difficult (not impossible mind you, just difficult), but it seriously hinders getting out while carrying items like stereos and computers. This difficulty level serves as a strong deterrent.
~~Let a neighbor know where you are going and leave a contact number and a key
~~Make sure all doors and windows are locked before you leave. ~~Make sure the alarm system is armed As obvious as this may sound, quite often in the rush to get out the door this can be overlooked.
~~DON'T be social Thousands and thousands of burglaries occur around Thanksgiving, and many crooks monitor Facebook and other social media sites to see who is out of town. Wait until after you've returned home to post pictures and share the details of your trip.
Thanksgiving Design Tip
Decorate ahead of time. Simple decorations such as pre-made flower arrangements of a simple bowl of oranges add elegance to your Thanksgiving table. But there's no rule that you have to decorate on the same day as the meal. In fact, decorating ahead of time can add a bit of festivity to your house and increase excitement about Thanksgiving. If you'll be eating in a room that doesn't get a lot of traffic, or if your kids are old enough not to over take the table as soon as you decorate it, begin your Thanksgiving embellishments now.
And Remember What Really Matters
Delicious meals are great, but they aren't what people remember most about Thanksgiving. Family traditions, good conversation, and a relaxing, loving family event are the real memory-makers. Don't sacrifice your family and enjoyment at the altar of perfection. Love counts for more than anything at the holidays, so give up on the idea of a perfect day and focus on creating a day you can enjoy instead.
Enhance Floors & More will close at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, November 22, and be closed on Thanksgiving Day. We will be open our normal hours on Friday 9 til 6, Saturday 10 til 5, and Sunday afternoon 12 til 5. Come see us!