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14 Fun Facts about the 4th of July

1) In 1870, Congress made Independence Day an official unpaid holiday for federal employees in 1870. In 1938, Congress changed Independence Day to a paid federal holiday. This year, President Trump will make it so that federal workers will have to pay the government for the privilege of being associated with the greatest nation on earth.

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Source: IMAO – Unfair. Unbalanced. Unmedicated.

Have a safe and Happy 4th of July. Celebrating 243 years of Freedom! God Bless America!

Surprising English Words from Other Languages

Languages are tapestries of historical and cultural influences. When it comes to English, the language is largely derived from the previously spoken Germanic tongue of the Anglo-Saxons and bears heavy influences from Latin as a result of Roman rule. Many Latin words and phrases are well-known in their origins and commonly used, such as bona fide, de facto, and vice versa. However, English also contains a number of loanwords from other languages far removed from its Germanic and Latin origins. Many of these words are part of the common dialect, which mean that you’ve probably used them at some point without any idea of their foreign origins.

Source: English words that are from different languages | Trivia Genius (Click for the fascinating article)

Morning Visitor

I have a leaky hose. It’s in a bad place in that I would have to shut off the entire water system in order to fix it. It’s not a big leak, and it keeps the wildlife happy as there is always at least a little water.

I keep the hose by a pine tree that was planted 20 years ago this coming Christmas. It’s flourished over the years, not the least because I forget that I’m watering it sometimes, and it gets a healthy extra watering.

Yesterday, I had turned up the water ever so slightly, and then ended up leaving it that way all night. This morning, there was an indented area full of water, and a deer!

Tiny Houses from None Other than Amazon

We all know you can find almost anything on Amazon, but did you know that includes a house? A dive into the online shopping giant shows that they actually have a fairly wide range of kits and prefabricated tiny homes for sale. What could be better than getting the tiny house of your dreams with free shipping?

From basic shipping container homes to rustic cabins, prices range from just over $5,000 to more than $50,000, allowing you to select the kit that fits into your budget. A quick search for “garden house” or “cabin kit” will pull up most options, with these tiny dwellings perfect for guest houses or extra office space if you aren’t looking to permanently downsize.It’s worth noting that many of the kits are sold through third-party vendors, and most will need you to get inventive when it comes to a bathroom and installing insulation, but isn’t improvising part of the fun with a tiny home? You’ll also want to check local building codes, as laws vary state by state about acceptable structures. Once you’ve done your research, it’s just click and go.

Source: Prefabricated Tiny Homes Available for Sale on Amazon