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Taming the Cord Chaos

Anyone who uses a computer or has electronics at home knows that the cords from all these devices can quickly get into a tangled mess. Not only are they unsightly, but they can pose a tripping hazard and can make it hard to find the right cord when you need it. There are lots of gadgets designed to address this problem, but you don't have to spend a lot of money to tidy up your cords.

First, be sure you have a surge protector. This device offers you a set of outlets that plugs into a single outlet in the wall. You will increase the number of devices you can plug in. By mounting the surge protector under a desk or on a wall, you can consolidate some of your cords. Just be sure to place it in an out-of-the-way place that is still easily accessible.

To keep the cords from getting tangled up once they are all plugged in, bundle them together using cable ties. These small plastic zipper ties are readily found at home improvement stores. You will need to leave enough slack in your bundle so that the cords can still reach the surge protector, but this will keep them from moving so much that they become tangled.

If your cords have to travel a significant length to reach their outlet, consider purchase inexpensive cord covers. These plastic covers can be run along the length of a shelf, desk, or baseboard, and come in a variety of colors, so you can blend them in with your décor. A cup hook will also work to guide cords where they need to go.

Finally, consider labeling each cord. You can attach a labeled sticker onto the cord. You can also use colored labels, with each cord getting a different color. Place a sticker of the same color on each end of the cord and you can quickly see what attaches to each.

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Did You Know: September is National Chicken Month.

The world's largest KFC restaurant is located in Beijing, China.

More than half of all chicken entrees ordered in restaurants are fried chicken.

The average American eats over 80 pounds of chicken each year.

The average domestic laying hen lays 255 eggs per year.

The world's record for a nonstop chicken flight is a little more than 230 yards.

The normal lifespan for a chicken is about eight years.

There are more chickens in the world than any other domesticated bird, and there is more than one chicken for every human on Earth.

Chickens with white ear lobes lay white eggs and those with red ear lobes lay brown eggs. There is no difference in taste or nutrition between brown and white eggs.

The White Leghorn chicken makes up ninety percent of the North American egg-laying population.

A chicken eggshell has about 8,000 pores that are large enough for oxygen to flow in and carbon dioxide to flow out. A baby chick begins breathing air about three days before hatching.

A female chicken under one year of age is called a pullet. A male chicken under age one is called a cockerel.

Any group of three or more chickens is called a flock.

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Green Living Tip

Autumn is a great time to start a compost pile in your yard. With the abundance of fallen leaves, you'll have no shortage of carbon-rich material for a healthy compost pile. You can start off with the leaves and then continue adding grass clippings, kitchen scraps, and other garden debris. Don't let your pile dry out during the winter months. By spring, you will have a nutrient-rich supplement for your entire garden without clogging up a landfill with bags of leaves.

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Internet Tidbit

Over 20,000 new consumer electronic products are introduced to the marketplace each year, so it is no wonder that searching for that new camera, laptop, or DVD player can seem daunting. Next time you need a new electronic gadget, visit Retrevo.com first. This free website is one of the largest consumer electronics shopping and review sites online. It uses artificial intelligence technology to aggregate product information, reviews, and articles from across the internet. Information is gathered from blogs, forums, websites, and manufacturers to provide up-to-date shopping advice. In addition, they offer services like the ability to find user manuals for thousands of products and a value map, which shows the best value for your money.

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Theo's Corner

Homeward Bound: Making Your New Pet Feel Right at Home

Getting a new dog or cat is exciting for the whole family. A calm and happy homecoming is best for your family and for your new pet. Your pet will need your help to become acclimated to his new surrounding and to receive the care he needs during the transition period. These tips can help make it a special time for you and your newest family member.

Get ready

Learn ahead of time what your new dog or cat will need. Have the proper food, bowls, brushes, a collar, and nail clippers. If a new dog is moving in with you, you will need a leash and a bed. A cat will need a litter box and litter.

Prepare the kids

If you have small children, spend some time before your new pet comes home teaching them how to handle your new animal. Explain to them that your new dog or cat has feelings and needs to be treated gently and with love. They also should know that if your new pet needs time alone, it is best to give him some space and time to adjust to his new surroundings.

Get some toys

If you don't want your shoes chewed up, it is best to have some chew toys on hand to show your dog what is acceptable right from the beginning. Tuck electrical cords behind furniture and place your plants out of reach. A cat will love to have a scratching post instead of using your couch. If your new puppy is finding it hard to learn what to chew and what not to chew, you can set up a safe zone using a baby gate until he gets the hang of things. If you must leave your new dog alone during the day, consider crate training. This not only limits his capacity to damage your things, but also will give him a quiet place to retreat. Using a crate at night will also provide protection.

Feeding fun

Newly weaned puppies need to eat three times a day. As your new puppy gets older, you can reduce feedings to twice a day. Once a dog is full grown, you can choose to feed him either once or twice a day. Consult your vet to find out the best feeding schedule for your pet. Both cats and dogs need to be fed food that is suited to their age, lifestyle, and specific needs.

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