Pocket Knives: How To Choose The Right One For You

Pocket knives are convenient tools that can come in handy for most anyone. Men and women alike can benefit from the convenience of having a pocket knife. They are useful for occasional use and for emergencies. If you are an avid camper or traveler, a pocket knife that has multiple uses can be especially convenient. When faced with an emergency situation, the pocket knife can be used to saw wood, kill fish and prepare meals. For convenience, you can have a handy bottle opener and corkscrew which may not be readily available in all situations.

How to choose the right pocket knife will depend on your needs. If you want something to carry around with you at all times, a smaller, multipurpose pocket knife might be best. For professionals, a nice engraved pocket knife that has a knife and possibly a few other tools will be perfect. They can be purchased at home improvement stores, accessory stores and knife stores. Executive pocket knives can fit into a purse or briefcase easily and look elegant as well. They retail between ten and fifty dollars and can be personalized as well.

For more practical knives, such as a kind you may keep in your automobile or for use on camping trips, go for the multi tool pocket knives. The Swiss Army knives are the most popular and there are a variety of sizes available. These tools range from approximately thirty dollars to two hundred dollars. There are multiple tools that will go with them such as different sized blades, nail file, scissors, saw, corkscrew, screwdriver, can opener, toothpick, tweezers and magnifying glass among other options. The multi tool pocket knives are a little thicker than smaller knives but they still are small enough to fit into a pocket, purse, briefcase or backpack. Choose the pocket knife that is best for you by considering use and price.

Seasonal Cactus Lovers Have Options

Who doesn’t love a cactus? They’re green, naturally repel pets and at least have a fighting chance, don’t need watered every day—a brown thumber’s dream plant. Of course some cactus varieties can be quite costly as decorating options. Some affordable, low-maintenance options worth considering are the seasonal cactus varieties. There is the Thanksgiving, Easter, and of course Christmas cactus.

The Christmas cactus is an excellent variety for those who want a small plant that blooms once in a while for some added color and excitement. This cactus gets its name from the fact that it blooms for 2-4 weeks, generally starting in December and lasting through the Christmas holiday.

The flowers themselves are roughly 2 or 3 inches in length and tubular in shape. The flowers tend to be very bright and colorful. This is probably because the Christmas cactus originally came from Brazil, a land known for its exotic colors. The leaves, however, lay very flat and have a smooth, hairless surface with a hard texture.

The Thanksgiving cactus also gets its name from the time of year it generally blooms. However, this vibrant plant is also known as the crab cactus. The leaves on the Thanksgiving cactus have edges on them which are toothed and give the appearance of having a pair of fangs at the end of each branch.

The Easter cactus tends to bloom around the first couple weeks of April. This odd-looking plant grows straight or as close to straight as it can get. Easter cactus leaves are jointed and have hairs on them. The leaves also have fanglike points like the Thanksgiving cactus, though not as pronounced.

Of course you don’t have to settle for one of the holiday cacti. There are hundreds of varieties perfectly suited for you home. Every species comes with its own specific care instructions and needs. It is important to find out from the nursery or wherever you bought your cactus just exactly how to care for the plant. Most are relatively low maintenance but some of the more exotic species have specific and exacting requirements.

Having a cactus that blooms around the holidays can be an excellent conversation piece and a chance for you to show off your “green thumb”. Adding both color and vibrant contrast to any room, a cactus is a low-maintenance plant that will only make you look good. Choose a cactus for every holiday so that there is always something beautiful to look at while eating all that delicious food! And remember, if a blooming cactus around the holidays just isn’t your cup of tea, there are hundreds of other varieties to choose from and each offers its own special features.

Plant A Flower Garden And Enjoy It

There are many ways to improve the look and feel of your home and lawn. I love seeing people do the small extra things that make their houses into homes. There is nothing worse than coming home to a house you hate at the end of a long and stressful day. I always encourage people to take the time and energy to make the inside and outside of their homes something that is enjoyable and relaxing for them to spend time in. One of the best ways that people can improve the look and feel of their outdoor space is to plant a flower garden.

Planting a flower garden is wonderful because it gives people a way to enjoy time outside and to make their outdoor space more beautiful. Never planted a flower garden before? Don’t worry, it isn’t as hard as you may think. Just drop in to a local gardening shop and talk to an expert about the things you must know before you plant your first flower garden. There is quite a bit to learn about gardening, but you can just take it a step at a time and remember that you can increase the size or variety of your garden as the years go by. For now, just tell the gardening expert that you want to start with something simple and easy for your first flower garden.

If you’d rather read up on making a flower garden, then just stop into your local library or to a book store and grab a few books about creating your own flower garden. You will be amazed at how many books have been written on the subject. Look for books that are for beginners and save the expert and specialty books for another year. You will get there eventually, but for now it is just important to learn the most basic things about planting a flower garden.

Having a flower garden is a great way to spend your extra time. There are few things as relaxing and enjoyable as spending time in your flower garden, so make it your newest hobby and you will have your family calling you inside as the sun sets at the end of the day.

Creating a flower garden is something you won’t regret. Yes, it takes work and effort, but the rewards of your efforts will be beautiful and inviting for your friends and guests to enjoy. You can even cut your own flower garden blooms and bring them inside to decorate your home.