Been a busy week

Surprise after dinner. Dinner was nice last night. The kids pigged out on pizza and pasta and I did too but I did eat some salad just for good measure. Charlie of course paid for everything even though I came prepared to pay for our dinner.

Oh the surprise, well he had some really neat costumes for the kids. My little angel is going to be Tinker Bell while my oldest is Captain Jack Sparrow and my little hand full, well he’s a little stinker so he’s going as a skunk!! I loved the costumes and so did the kids. I know Charlie paid a small fortune for the costumes because they weren’t the cheap kind you get at most department stores. There were more like the costumes you get from a costume store. The kids are going to have a blast Halloween night. Oh yeah,

Are you finished yet?

I know so many people that keep telling me they’re finished with all of their Christmas shopping. How can that be? I’m not even half finished yet. I know that Christmas is just around the corner but it’s kind of hard to go shopping when you have to work the stupid hours I do and then try and get away from the kids too. Well it’s next to impossible.

I got the Wii for them and a couple other little things but I need a boys bicycle, a girls bicycle and a skateboard too. Then there’s helmets for all three and knee and elbow pads to go with the skateboard. There just aren’t enough hours in a day or dollars in my purse either!! I’ll just be glad when it’s all over.

Bah-Humbug, HUH? I’m sorry!! I’m just stressed and really tired. I need a long winters nap. How about you wake me when it’s over, does that sound better?

Putting up the tree this weekend

The kids have been bugging me like crazy wanting to put our Christmas tree up. I just haven’t had any time with all the overtime I have been working to be able to buy the kids Christmas presents this year. I am so thankful that I still have my job because I know so many people that have lost their jobs lately it’s scary.

Anyway, I had this weekend off (an act of God made that happen) and we’re finally putting up our tree. My mother got us a really nice artificial tree one year after Christmas so I wouldn’t have to spend money on a live on every year. Besides, it just doesn’t feel right to me to kill a tree to honor the birth of Jesus Christ. Do you know what I’m saying?

Now once we get the tree up, the kids are going to be asking where the presents are. I got to start working on that too. What to get for who for under the tree.  There’s always clothes and underwear. They hate to get that!!!!

How Do I Complain about a Solicitor vs a Barrister

The terms solicitor and barrister are sometimes used interchangeably by the public to mean the same thing. This is a mistake that can lead to problems later on in the legal process. Solicitors and barristers perform two different sets of legal services. Knowledge of who does what can protect the public from issues of solicitor professional negligence and complaints against members of the legal profession.

Barristers are primarily engaged to argue cases in court or before a tribunal. They have the skills and expertise necessary acquired through their training to conduct in depth research and carry out keen analytical, detailed analysis. This gives them the resources and confidence necessary to represent clients and to speak confidently and convincingly on their behalf. It is a very competitive field and so it is necessary to be very conscientious and motivated in order to be successful.

Barristers are usually self employed. There are a few who are contacted to firms, organisations, law firms and public service entities. Most Barristers work in sets. This is a group of of barristers who work together. In most cases, they share services and expenses such as practice managers and rental of premises. They are not employed by the set, they are considered as a tenant of the set. The set is maintained through contributions of the barristers in the group.

A solicitor on the other hand, provides legal services directly to their clients. They are able to represent a wide sphere of individuals, including businesses, individuals, private and public institutions. They are qualified to give advice on legal requirements of a case and all the information necessary for the case, from the inception of the matter until its conclusion. There are some circumstances under which a solicitor may instruct a barrister. This happens if the need should arise for advocacy or if and when a specialist opinion is required.

There are different organisations that are responsible for governing solicitors and barristers. In the UK the professional body that regulates the conduct of solicitors is the Solicitors Regulation authority. The Law Society of England and Wales oversees all matters pertaining to solicitors. The barristers  professional body is the Bar Council. All matters of conduct and ethics are administered by the Bar Standards Board.

It is important for clients to understand the intricacies of the legal system and the difference between a solicitor and a barrister. In most cases barristers are able to represent their clients in courts and carry out any necessary advocacy work on their behalf. Solicitors often do the  initial preparation and research.

In most instances, you will find that cases begin and end with a solicitor. This is because in cases that end up being settled out of court the solicitor does all the work before the case goes to court hands it over to the barrister and then completes the out of court settlement phase as well.

If you suspect you may have grounds for a solicitor review, visit SOS Claims today.

Lawyers for Employers

When my friends Linda and Michael were thinking about starting their own landscaping business, I encouraged them to hire a lawyer that would be able to be their official “business lawyer” that could help them with all aspects of running a business. A good business lawyer can help them decide whether to incorporate (and which kind of incorporation is the best one for the business, and can act as the employer’s representation when it comes to matters involving employees and the law. I hope they take my advice and don’t try to do everything by themselves! Sometimes being penny-wise is being pound-foolish!

Ever had one of THOSE days

You know what I mean, one of those days when you can’t do anything right or one of those days when everything you touch turned to crap or everything you said came out wrong? Well that’s what my whole week has been. I’m to the point where I just want to climb in my bed, pull the covers over my head and stay there until this week is over but that won’t help.

I guess all I need to do is take a deep breath, put duct tape over my mouth and put mittens on my hands so I can’t touch anything or speak. I wonder if anyone would notice? Probably and then I’d mess up even more but I bet I’d get a few laughs too. With that in mind, I might give it a try. Just kidding.

Social Security verification

Social Security (free clip art)
Social Security (free clip art)
With there being so many illegal aliens in our country now, a lot of business owners are beginning to do a Social Security Number Trace to make sure that the number they are supplied with is actually the persons that gave it to them. I think it’s a great tool and can not only help employers but can protect you too from having someone else use your Social Security number.

You know, it might even help employers keep from getting in trouble by hiring illegal aliens. Something needs to be done and this is just one more tool to help.


I just had to order some c clamps online for the shop. He needs them for welding and two of his old ones broke. They were all really old and rusted and in dire need of replacing. So I am replacing all of them. I know that it will make things much easier on honey to be working with better tools.

c clamp
This is a c clamp

The printing industry

Earlier this month I was talking with Uncle Dave, who is a retired bookbinder. He was telling me about how he used to work for a book publishing company, and his job was to apply glue to the bindings of the books. I wish I had asked him for more details about the job because now I find myself wondering if he actually applied the glue by hand with a brush, or if there was any kind of machinery involved to help him with the application process. I wonder what his reactions would be if I showed him the web to print storefront business website that I found that does so much of the work digitally and mechanically that used to be done by hand. Progress can be bittersweet sometimes. The conveniences are great, but sometimes the workforce has trouble adapting, and a lot of people end up underemployed, and that can cause a lot of hardship if the workforce is not properly retrained. Thankfully my Uncle Dave is retired, and not looking for a job, so that has not had a negative effect on him.