Top Myths About Storing Wine

There are many myths about wine storage that can easily be debunked. Some of the myths were true decades ago but in the modern era with new techniques many truisms have simply become myths now.

Red Wines

This is actually two myths put together. Red wines should be uncorked hours prior to serving and need to be at room temperature.

Red wines do not need to ‘breathe’ to be its best and the serving temperature for red wine is mostly a myth today as room temperatures are usually heated to 70 degrees due to central heating. So with room temperature being much over what it used to be makes both of these a myth. Some heat can change aromas and makes the alcohol more pronounced in flavor so a red wine needs to be in the refrigerator for 15 to 20 minutes prior to serving and this will make it closer to what a cellar temperature would be.

Humidity

The humidity myth is about wines being kept in a cellar with a certain amount of humidity. Figures are usually 70 percent to 95 percent humidity. This is in order to keep the cork moist.

This is all just a myth. Wine is enclosed in bottles of glass and tightly sealed by a compress cork; 1 end having about a dime-size contact to air. The other end of the cork is kept wet by the wine due to the bottles being stored on their side. Now how much humidity is going to penetrate that cork, which is very tightly compressed already? Almost none!

This might be good for wineries that store their wines for a while in wood barrels but this makes no sense for home cellars being stored in corked bottles instead of wood barrels so the need for humidity in home wine cellars is a myth.

Need a wine cellar

To have a wine cellar to store wine at home is just another myth. You don’t need to store wine to get better with age. Any closet not having temperatures that vary, is free from light and vibrations will be fine for wines even if they are stored for years. Just make sure the bottles are stored on their sides in a rack or a box. If you do want your wine stored at a specific temperature then you might want to look into getting a wine refrigerator. The top wine refrigerators are not very expensive and don’t take up a lot of room.

All wines get better with age

Just another myth since almost all of today’s wines are made to be consumed within the year that it was bottled in. In some cases, red wine might last up to 4 years without any decline but most wine should be used within a year of the vintage.

These are just a few of the myths that have remained from centuries ago till today with new methods and equipment for making wine. There are others having to do with consumption and certainly others myths to do with storage but these are the ones the most people ask about and are the ones that are repeated the most.

The Joy of Collecting Antique Beds

From the 1600s until the mid-1800s, antique beds were richly draped with tall post and were found in almost every American home that could afford beds. Even where beds that were low post were used, they were usually enclosed by curtains that were hanging from a cord that was attached to the ceiling with rings and hooks.

Parlour had the bed

The parlour in a house usually doubled as a bedroom in early America and the need for curtains and privacy lasted until the revolutionary period when second-story chamber rooms became the rooms commonly used for sleeping.

Part of the bed

Beds during these periods were first used in parlours and were obviously displayed and it was vital that they were a favourably reflection of the economic status of the family living in that house. The actual word “bed” was the mattress; the wooden bedsteads whether low-post or tall-post was referred to as the vintage bed frame. The hangings which usually included a canopy cloth or tester to cover the top of the frame; a head cloth hung up against the wall to ensure the head was insulated well from the cold; foot curtains and head curtains were able to be pulled all around the bed to enclose the entire bed; a valances and coverlet; and bases or dust ruffles were known as furniture.

Expert upholsterer

The owners of the home would often get an expert upholsterer to make up their beds, but only if needed; most of the time, they would make their own hangings. Since the hangings needed 50 to 60 yards of fabric, they were the most expensive and valued part of the bed.

Furniture for children

Furniture was made for children in America from the very earliest days of the colonies. While there were tables, chests, stools made as miniature version of adult furniture, most of the small scale bedroom furnishings were aimed to suit the needs of children.

Cradles

Early cradles were made of wood and wicker and were among the very first piece of furniture made in American. Very early cradles were wood and were simple –mostly a box that was and fixed with rockers on the bottom. Such sections normally had footboards, high headboards and frequently had a hood to help guard the baby from drifty air; later examples were elevated off the floor on to swinging frames.

Antique shops

There are some antique shops that have only sell the iron frames of antique beds. Nothing has been done to the frame until you buy it. Then the store refurnishes the bed frame as you want it. All of these antique iron frames are made in American and were created between the late 1800’s to the early 1900’s. Every frame stays in the inventory unrestored until it is purchased. Once you buy it, the store restore and refinish the frame to suit your own personal tastes and needs.

Iron bed frames

You can also buy antique iron beds and refinish it yourself which is some of the fun in collecting real antiques and displaying them in your home. Nothing is nicer than a complete home with all the furniture being antiques. This is what draws everyone to collecting of antiques.

Helpful Tips for Choosing a Photography Laptop

For someone starting a photography business choosing a laptop can be difficult to do. With all the different features available for computers today it’s easy to get lost in the acronyms. Having a fast computer is pretty important and the goal of this article is to help you choose the top laptops for photo editing and photography. One thing computer companies need to do is make it easier for the layman to understand what they are getting with a computer, but that’s a topic for a different article.

Here’s what I look for when choosing a computer

The type of computer is pretty important and usually the goto type is a laptop for photography, but even a high power desktop computer can help out as well. Preferably you would want to have both in your arsenal, but a first purchase would be better for a laptop. That way you can easily take your computer with you when dealing with different clients. Don’t worry though, these tips can also help you find the best photography desktop if that is what you are looking for.

Should you get a Mac or Windows machine

That’s the next question to get answered. For a lot of graphic design types of work a Mac can really be preferable. With that said though, Pcs are starting to come up a bit in this area. Macs are typically a bit more expensive, so if you want to save some money go with a PC. It should work great for you to start with.

Tons of space

You will need both a lot of RAM to help programs like Photoshop to run really fast and you also need to have a lot of hard drive space. Pictures tend to be very large files so having either a large hard drive in the computer or even getting an external hard drive can be good. Once again this comes down to what kind of budget you are operating with.

One additional tip that isn’t super important to think about when buying a desktop is finding good monitors for photo editing. With monitors you really get what you pay for, so finding a cheap one might not be the best. With that said though, monitor prices are always coming down and getting cheaper and bigger. You want one that has a great picture and great color to help you with the editing.

Those are some pretty basic questions to ask yourself when looking to buy a laptop for photography and getting the best one for you is the most important. Always keep in mind how you will be using your new computer and get one that overall works for your budget. Remember a computer is just a tool to help you get your job done.

Arthritis and Treatment for Family Dogs

Arthritis in a dog is fairly the same as this degenerative condition is in humans – affecting one or more joints. Most of the cases that occur in dogs are from an orthopaedic disease that is inherited such as osteochondrosis or hip dysplasia while others develop with an injury to the joint. A few cases of arthritis are linked to joint disease or immune-mediated infection.

Common disease in dogs

Osteoarthritis is very common and distresses one out of 5 dogs during their life. The problem is not one that only affects dogs that are older. Some causes for osteoarthritis to develop include:

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Trauma in the joint
  • Ruptured cruciate ligaments
  • And other joint conditions

Degenerative arthritis can develop even in very young dogs. Dogs that are large-breed are affected more often than smaller dogs. Dogs that are heavy are more likely to develop symptoms due to the extra strain placed on joints and ligaments. Luckily, there are some great joint supplements for dogs that can help ease the pain of arthritis.

How to diagnose

The diagnosis is made by joint x-rays that will show bone spurs at points where the ligaments and the joint capsule attach to the bone. There are all varying in degrees of the joint space as it narrows and increases density of bone around the joint.

Joint diseases are incurable

Joint diseases that are degenerative are incurable, but the treatment can improve the dog’s life substantially. Usually treatment involves weight control and physical therapy, the use of corticosteroids and analgesics for pain relief and for improved function as well as the use of chondroprotective agents that repair the cartilage in the joint and prevent any further damage. Acupuncture is also another therapy that has shown results that are good for arthritic dogs. All of these can be used at the same time.

Acupuncture and physical therapy

Physical therapy and acupuncture are alternative or additional ways to make a dog with arthritis comfortable. With severe cases, these painful joints can be surgically fused, such as the elbow or hock, relieves pain and restores movement to the limbs in some dogs.

Exercise

Moderate exercise is helpful since it sustains muscle mass and conserves joint flexibility. Extreme exercise is counterproductive. Dogs with arthritis should not be allowed to stand on their back legs so jumping up and down is not something these dogs should be doing. Dogs with lameness and pain need to be exercised with a harness or a leash. There are physical therapists working in the veterinary field, who are able to help design an exercise (as well as weight loss) program.

Swimming

Swimming is an exercise that is excellent that improves muscle mass without stressing the joints. Exercise may be increased as the dog improves with the use of medications.

Weight

If the dog is overweight, he should be encouraged to lose weight. Being overweight can be a serious complication during this treatment. There is an uncommon group of diseases where antibodies are focused on the dog’s own tissues of connectivity and these result in either a non-erosive or erosive arthritis. In arthritis that is erosive, joint and cartilage surfaces are damaged. In nonerosive arthritis, there is inflammation but there is no destruction of the tissue.

Take care of your pets

But no matter what type arthritis your dog has, he needs to be under the care of a vet so that your family pet can live a comfortable life.

The Best Way to Safely Store Your Fountain Pen

The Art of Writing

In an age where we have transitioned from pen and paper to the “click click click” of the keyboard, it’s refreshing to know that there is still a need, desire and use for the masterpiece of all writing instruments from where our forefathers first penned the documents that helped create the foundation for our country: the fountain pen. While some countries still use this method of writing, in The United States, the fountain pen is reserved for intricate and detail-oriented artful writing and penning such as calligraphy or graphic design.

Images of a fountain pen and inkwell conjure an old time feel that takes us back to a simpler time in life when things moved at a slower pace. If you’re a lover of pen and ink drawings or have a talent for creating beautiful calligraphy or are a graphic designer or someone whose job requires the use of a fountain pen recommendation on a regular basis, then you know that proper care of your fountain pen is of the utmost importance. So, what is the best way to safely store your fountain pen?

Proper and Safe Storage is Key to Peak Performance

If you’re a graphic designer or an artist you know the importance of having working tools at your fingertips (emphasis on the word working.) and how inconvenient it can be if you want to start writing immediately and you have to clean the nib because it has leaked or refill an ink cartridge because the ink has dried or the nib is clogged. The nib is the most delicate part of the pen and is where all the action takes place, so making sure it is properly stored is key.

Experts Agree a View from the Top is Best

While opinions tend to vary, those in the pen industry tend to agree that the best solution is that if you want to get the best performance from your fountain pen, the nib point should be stored up when not in use. Some people debate that leaving the pen in a downward or sideways position works equally as well, however the general consensus is that for the best use, the nib should remain in an upward position. Otherwise, the ink will dry down into the converter or cartridge which may cause poor performance and clogging of the nib due to the ink drying and clumping. Also, if you will be carrying your fountain pens with you in a laptop case or briefcase, storing them nib up will prevent the ink from leaking into the cap and causing permanent stains to the case.

Case in Point…

Additionally, another way to make sure your fountain pen is safely stored is to keep it in a box or case. Many people store their fountain pens in the boxes they came in, however if you use them on a frequent basis, it becomes cumbersome. Leather pen cases or pen rolls are a durable and portable option and add convenience. There are some people who store them in wooden cases, however this option is less appealing than the portable leather pen case and really depends on how often you use them.

On Pointe and Pen Poised

Keeping these loose guidelines in mind regarding the best way to safely store your fountain pen will keep you “on pointe” and your pen poised and ready for your next project.

Do You Know What Vintage Clothes Are?

If someone were to ask you about what vintage clothes are, would you have an answer for that question? In other words, what are vintage clothes?

Old Clothes

Vintage clothes are probably upstairs in your grandmother’s old trunk – so you are now thinking “old clothes” and in some ways you are right. Actually there are two types of vintage clothes.

Can Be New

First, vintage clothes can be new clothes made from vintage patterns or clothes that are new but made after clothes from any decade or century. Or vintage clothes can be clothing actually made in any decade or century (yes, old clothes).

Save Your Old Clothes

Someone has often said to always save your old clothes because eventually the style will come around to being popular again and in some cases that might be true but clothes from the 30s are not going to be in style again! You can still wear them but they are vintage clothes.

Some Love Wearing Vintage Clothing

There are many people who actually love clothes from another era – these people still wear clothing from the 60’s or the 50’s and there are stores that specialize in vintage clothing. Vintage clothing include both men and women’s clothes and vintage pieces of clothing are often worn for a Theme party or occasion – like a party revolved around the Roaring 20s. Another type of clothing that is very popular to having parties around are hipster sweaters. Like vintage clothing these types of sweaters can have a few different meanings.

Consignment Shops

There are stores that sell vintage clothing and are probably really re-selling clothing that someone gives to the store to sell on consignment. Vintage clothing stores also probably get a lot of their pieces this way and also from estate sales.

Saturday Vintage Clothes Shopping

Vintage clothes are often worn on Halloween or the local Community Theatres use lots of vintage clothing. Another name for vintage clothing can be historical clothing. There are so many of these historical or vintage clothes shops in small little towns. In fact a fun Saturday for a bunch of ladies is to go vintage clothes shopping in the small towns near where they live. If you are good about fashion you could find a vintage blazer or jacket and renew it with a new blouse and slacks – suddenly you have a new outfit to wear to work or church.

Vintage Clothes Market on the Internet

Vintage clothes for both men and women and in some cases even vintage clothes for children are really fun especially if you love clothes. Whether you are a collector of vintage or historical clothing or just love to wear clothes that are conversation starters, the vintage clothing market is rich and alive on the internet.