A Few Things - A Wonderful GiftWritten by Arleen M. Kaptur
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If there are ideas in your mind, or projects half-started but never completed, get out those supplies and let generosity of your heart lead way so that our way of life and this world is not "missing" these wonderful accents that bring so much joy, comfort, and happiness into our own lives and those of others. Whether you are a beginner or an expert in yor field, give it all your care and love, and somewhere in time-future, your quilt, sweater, ceramic figurine, or felt banner will bring smiles, and enduring tokens of what a person is capable of bringing about from just a few simple "things."
Let sunshine of whatever it is you make shine right along with heavenly bodies for future generations, and bask in warmth they will bring you today. ENJOY! ©Arleen M.Kaptur 2003 January
Arleen has written numerous books, articles, and cookbooks, Her newsletters: http://www.Arleens-rusticliving.com http://www.arleenssite.com
Review of Felco prunerWritten by Robert Martin
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Felco #8 Pruner . The Felco 8 is same as Felco 7 without rotating handle. These are my pruners of choice, as I do not like feel of rotating handle and am also suspicious of additional moving parts. But I do like ergonomic design of handles and believe this pruner which sells for $33.00 and up is well worth slight increase in price over original Felco 2. Felco #9 Pruner . The Felco 9 is same as Felco 8 with reversed blade, anvil and locking catch for left-handers. They sell for $30.00 and up. Felco #10 Pruner . The Felco 10 is same as Felco 7 reversed for left handers, complete with rotating handle. They sell for $42.00 and up. Felco #11 Pruner . The Felco 11 is similar to original Felco 2, with a more narrow, pointed anvil blade for extra close cutting. It has an ergonomic handle design, is 8 1/4" in overall length and sell for $32.00 and up. Felco #12 Pruner . The Felco 12 is a compact pruner like Felco 6, designed for small hands, with rotating handles. It is 7 1/4" in overall length and sells for $42.00 and up. Felco #13 Pruner . Introduced in 1996 Felco 13 features extra long handles to give better leverage and for two hand use on heavy branches. It is 13 1/2" in overall length and sells for $38.00 and up. Felco #30 Pruner . The Felco 30 are anvil shears that I cannot recommended for roses. They are 8 1/2" in overall length and sell for $29.00 and up. One of best things about owning Felco pruners is wide availability of replacement parts which can be used to extend life of shears. These include following at approximate prices: Cut Blade ..................... $9.95 Hook Blade ................. $9.95 Pivot Bolt & Nut ....... $7.60 Spring Pack ........... $3.25 Repair Parts (All parts not listed above) ....$5.45 "Although some local nurseries carry Felco pruning shears it is rare to find a wide selection and sometimes you have to ask since they are kept under counter. There are many places to purchase Felco's in catalogs and a few online locations but one of most complete and perhaps best pricing I have found is at Frostproof Growers Supply. They can be purchased online at their website which is: http://www.frostproof.com or you can call them at 800-635-3621."
Editor of the American Rose Society Quarterly Rose Exhibitors' Forum