Adventure: Our Nation’s Capital



As some of you may remember, a few weeks back I blogged about my upcoming trip to Washington, DC. Well, as usual, the time flies by, and I have already been there and back home again!

I wanted to take this opportunity to share some of my experiences with you. From the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, to the Gettysburg Battlefield, we saw a lot. Washington DC is a city full of rich history and pride. Walking up to the Wall brought a chill to my bones. While we were there, some veterans were conducting a wreath ceremony, which was very chilling. Not to mention, walking through the hills of Arlington National Cemetery and witnessing the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, were also. While all of this may seem a little somber, it made me reflect on what so many have sacrificed in order to protect our freedom. It is truly an enlightening and moving place to visit.

And of course…I have to mention that the vast majority of the memorials and historic building are constructed of granite and/or marble. It is truly amazing how the reflective qualities of the black granite at the Wall, and the Korean War Memorial add to the impact of the experience. My dad pointed out to me that the faces that are etched into the Korean War Memorial are actual photos of fallen soldiers.

Of course there is so much more that could be written, but I will just leave you with some photos of the sites we visited.

Feel free to share…

Angie

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Posted in Granite, Uncategorized on May 30th, 2008 by Angie | | 5 Comments



My Mother Had It Right!



It is hard to believe, but today marks 13 years since my mother passed away. It is easy to bring back the emotions, but it is funny how life goes on. A lot has happened in our lives since then. We started and grew a successful granite countertop business, and our then, small children, have grown up into young adults.

I have many fond memories of my mother and childhood, and while reflecting back, realized in many ways, “My mother had it right!” While there is much talk today in our society about going green, and green building, there is much we can do to improve our environment, living conditions, and ourselves, by reflecting on the wisdom of past generations.

Use The Wisdom Of Past Generations:

  • Start a Garden. My mother loved to garden. She grew her own vegetables, and often canned them for later use. What a great way to know what you are actually eating.
  • Create a Compost For Fertilizer. My mother had a compost pile where she dumped coffee grounds, banana peels, etc, and later used the compost for fertilizer. This is a great natural way to fertilize.
  • Recycle Plastic Bags. My mother washed and reused bread bags for sandwich bags, etc. Why fill up those land fills with all of that plastic? You can make a difference by adding less to them.
  • Re-use Your Plastic Containers. My mother saved plastic containers for re-use, (although too many). Another great way to cut down on the over use of land fills.
  • Use Natural Cleaning Products That Do Not Pollute The Environment. My mother often used vinegar and water for cleaning windows, floors, etc. There are many natural products on the market these days to try.
  • Use Re-useable Grocery Bags, Or Boxes. My mother often grocery shopped at a discount warehouse food store, where she re-used boxes to pack her groceries. Many stores are starting to offer cloth bags to purchase for re-use. I keep my cloth bags in the trunk of my car, so I have them handy when I shop.
  • Pass Along Your Clothing. My mother used hand-me-downs for her six children. You can do the same, or clean out your closets and give away things you no longer wear to the Goodwill, etc.
  • Wear Sunscreen. My mother often warned my sister, and myself about laying out in the sun for too long. Unfortunately, we didn’t listen to her at that time, and learned the hard way. I had some melanoma surgically removed in 1997, and my sister just recently did. Make sure you protect your skin, and wear sunscreen!
  • A Penny Saved, Is A Penny Earned. My mother taught her children the value of a dollar, and a good work ethic, and used this saying often. The next time you find a penny, or a coin, pick it up and thank the Lord for your blessings!

Thanks Mom! …And thanks for reading!

Barb

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Posted in Industry News, Uncategorized on May 29th, 2008 by Barb | | 0 Comments



Savor Your Memories With A Unique Granite Etch!



With warm weather finally upon us, it is time to start thinking about those upcoming spring and summer events. Many people, like myself, have graduation parties to throw and attend. Others may have weddings, family reunions, or Memorial Day, Fourth of July, or Labor Day gatherings to go to.

For a unique way to capture your special memories, why not create a lasting granite etch? They make great gifts, and are perfect keepsake

Please check out our Laser Etching page on our website for more samples, and information.

Thanks for reading!

Barb

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Posted in Granite, Uncategorized on May 22nd, 2008 by Barb | | 4 Comments



Radon—Just Another Scare Tactic To Counter Genuine Granite Countertop Sales!



It’s a free country! Free enterprise and competition are the norm among businesses in America. However, while there is nothing wrong with having a competing product, there is something wrong when the competition has to stoop so low, as to make up lies to gain market recognition. Unfortunately, this is not the first time. Over the years, there have been various rumors in regards to radon and genuinegranite countertops.

Recent false claims of radon emissions from granite countertops have come from BuildClean™, a Houston-based “pending not-for-profit organization,” which is funded by two engineered stone companies, Silestone and Cambria. While it is true that granite contains miniscule amounts of radon, it is false to say that granite is unsafe, and sad that the accusations create a scare for the general public. 

Granite has been used throughout the ages as a building material. Its strength, durability, and beauty have made it the natural choice, not only for buildings, but for countertops. If radon really was a problem, we would have had to deal with it years, and years ago.

The MIA, Marble Institute of America, along with others, have conducted various studies to prove the safety of granite and prove the dangerous radon emission claims false. For more information on the topic, please review the following links:

Thanks for reading!

Barb

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Posted in Company, Granite, Industry News on May 19th, 2008 by Barb | | 6 Comments



Recipe: Grilled Fish With Tropical Relish



Here’s a healthy recipe I came across that would be good for some of those upcoming summer cookouts. It is easy to make and delicious.

Grilled Fish With Tropical Relish

Ingredients
4 fish fillets, such as cod or halibut, about 6 ounces each
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to tasteRELISH
1 ripe mango, peeled, pitted, and finely chopped
1 sweet onion, finely chopped
1 red bell pepper, seeded and finely chopped
1 bunch fresh basil, chopped
1 tablespoon capers, drained
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon salsa
 
Instructions
  1. Rinse the fish fillets under cold running water and pat them dry.
  2. Brush them with the olive oil and season them with salt and pepper.
  3. Preheat grill or broiler.
  4. Meanwhile, prepare the relish: Stir together the mango, onions, peppers, basil, capers, vinegar, and salsa in a bowl.
  5. Grill the fish on high heat or broil, about 2 – 3 minutes per side or until desired doneness.
  6. Spoon the relish over the grilled or broiled fish.

Enjoy!

Barb

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Posted in Cooking in your kitchen on May 16th, 2008 by Barb | | 0 Comments



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