News You Can Use – April 2021

News You Can Use – April 2021

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Happy Easter

The Easter season is masked with several legends and folklore about the lily and its religious significance. Easter Lily is the traditional flower of Easter and is highly regarded as a joyful symbol of elegance, beauty, spirituality, hope, and life.

In Christendom, the lily has come to symbolize the resurrection of Jesus because of its delicacy of form and its snow-white color.  But have you ever wondered about the history and significance of this symbolic Easter flower, which adds elegance, grace, and fragrance to millions of homes and churches during the springtime?

This rests clearly on a legend that the blood of Jesus, as it fell from the cross, was by a miracle transformed into flowers that filled heaven and earth. The popular Easter lily we use today to celebrate the holiday is referred to as ‘the white-robed apostles of hope.

These beautiful trumpet-shaped white flowers were brought to the United States in 1875 from Japan by an American tourist. The flower retells the resurrection story with its life cycle. These snow-white flowers symbolize new life and hope.


Non-Candy Easter Basket Ideas

Toddlers – Sensory Balls, Board Books, Bubbles, Bath Toys, Finger Paint, Plush Toys

Ages 3-5 – Playdough, Magnifying glass, Hair Bows, Book, Sidewalk Chalk, Crayons

Ages 5-7 – Toy Figures, Slime, Dolls, Craft Kits, Microscope, Sports Equipment

Ages 7-10 – Mad Libs, Art Sets, Books, Craft Kits, Legos, Chapstick

Preteen – Poster, Lip Gloss, Hat, Stress Ball, Fun Pens, Sports Bottles

Teen – Blanket, Gift Card, Cool Room Light, Movie Tickets


Fruity Play Dough

2 ¼ cup flour

1 cup salt

2 T. unsweetened powdered drink mix

4 T. cooking oil

1 cup water

Mix ingredients until well blended.  Store in an air-tight container.



 


Do You Need A Personal Umbrella Policy?

 

Did you know personal umbrella policies cover a whole lot of odds and ends like libel, slander, false arrests, and Barbie?  Popular motorized Barbie Jeeps present an insurance challenge.  Let’s walk through a possible situation where you would need umbrella insurance. These motorized toys may be covered if you run over someone on your own property, but if you take that toy to the park where your child hits someone or something, you’re out of luck! If your go-cart crosses over to your neighbor’s yard and damages their fence, you need an umbrella policy.

The reason is that these toys qualify as motorized recreational vehicles which fall under exclusions in most homeowners’ policies. Other motorized vehicles like ATVs and golf carts require additional coverage.  Remember, we do not know when you purchase an ATV or golf cart.  We can only provide you with the correct coverage when you inform us.

It may seem unlikely that this could ever happen to you, but cases like this can and do happen all the time.  Umbrella insurance is a necessity for people with homes and property to protect.  You don’t want to hand over things you’ve worked so hard to get.  If you have an umbrella policy, you won’t have to do that.  To find out more about why you need a personal umbrella policy, read Mike’s blog at  www.thesouthcottagency.com or call the office at (585) 589-6236.


It’s chore time! Stepping back into the garden after a long, harsh winter can be overwhelming, but it is also a time of relief. Even with a winter chill still in the air, there are plenty of tasks to start handling.

I am a big believer that gardening should add joy -not stress- to your life. Here are some tasks to get you reacquainted with your outdoor space. Can be tackled bit by bit as you have time (or delegated to members of your household who need an outdoor activity). Spring is a fabulous time to assess damage from the winter, fill in holes in the landscape, tend to your lawn, perform essential pruning, clean flower beds, plant from bare-root or container-grown plants, feed everything, begin composting, be kind to the birds, add a layer of much, and tune up your watering system.

Sounds like a lot, but if you move through this list and check things off one-by-one, your garden will be your favorite place to put your feet up and relax. few words to the wise – walking on or digging in soil when it is still too frozen and wet may compact it, and plant roots need light-permeable soil to live their best lives. So, if the ground is still too hard or fully saturated with water, be patient.



Make Use of the Talents you Have!

A water bearer in India had two large pots hung on each end of a pole that he carried across his neck to the stream every day for water. One of the pots had a crack in it. The other pot always delivered a full portion of water at the end of the long walk from the stream, but the cracked pot always leaked, arriving at the house only half full. Ashamed of its imperfection, the pot with the crack spoke to the water bearer one day. “I want to apologize to you.” “Why?” asked the bearer. “I can deliver only half my load because of this crack in my side. Because of my flaws, you have to do all of this work, and you don’t get full value from your efforts.” The water bearer said, “As we return from the stream today, I want you to notice the beautiful flowers along the path.” After leaving the stream that day, the pot with the crack took notice of the beautiful wildflowers on the side of the path, and this cheered it some. But at the end of the trail, it still had leaked out half its load, and once again felt itself a failure. The bearer said to the pot, “Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of the path, but not on the other pot’s side? I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day as we walk back from the stream, you water them. For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate my table. Without you being just the way you are, I would not have this beauty to grace my house.” The lesson: Each of us has our own unique flaws. We’re all pots with cracks. But when we learn how to accept who we are and harness the talents we already possess, nothing goes to waste.


 


 

Reduce Mold and Protect Your Health This Spring

Mold growth in your building can cause health concerns and compromise your building’s integrity. Because mold grows quickly in damp conditions and thrives on wood, insulation, carpet, paper, and other organic surfaces where moisture and oxygen are present, it’s especially during the spring season. Prevent health concerns like asthma, respiratory infections, breathing difficulties, itchy eyes, nasal congestion, and skin irritations when you reduce mold in several ways.

Inspect your Building for Mold Growth

Mold thrives in damp, dark, and humid areas, including basements, crawl spaces, bathrooms, carpeted areas, and storage spaces. Look for visible mold growth that may be green, black, or brown, and note any spotty or fuzzy stains, another sign of mold.

Repair Leaks

Repair pipes, wall cracks, or unsealed windows so that the area remains dry and mold-free.

Install Dehumidifiers

Damp areas and condensation could cause mold to grow, so install dehumidifiers where necessary. These appliances reduce moisture and keep the area dry and free of dangerous mold.

Clean the HVAC System

Treat Mold Properly

Small areas of mold growth can be cleaned and treated with bleach or another mold cleanser. Remember to wear a respirator and protective clothing as you perform this task to protect yourself from an allergic reaction.

If your building requires more extensive remediation methods, hire a professional to access the mold, determine the extent of the damage creates a removal plan. Depending on the growth, treatment could require renovations like drywall or sub-flooring replacement. In this case, hire a reliable professional to remove the mold and treat the area properly.

File an Insurance Claim

Mold removal is an added coverage on your property insurance policy.  If you are interested in adding this coverage to your policy before an incident, call the office today.  You can find more information about mold hazards and prevention at our website www.thesouthcottagency.com in our blog section.


3 Chances,3 Prizes for YOU to WIN!

 

Chance #1 … Tell a friend, a colleague, a relative, an acquaintance…whoever…about us.  When they contact us we’ll send you a $20.00 Gift Card and…

 

Chance #2……Every month we’ll randomly draw from the month’s Chance #1 qualifiers. The winner will receive a $50.00 Gift Card

 

Grand Prize     In December, we’ll conduct a random drawing from all the current year’s entries and the winner will receive a new tablet!

The Southcott Agency Inc. “Just Keep Talking!” Program Rules:  Available upon request

Just Keep Talking Referral Program

The Easter Bunny will love these Eggs and so will you!

or call the office at (585)589-6236.


       

April Calendar Notes

 

April 1   is April Fools’ Day & Holy Thursday

April 2   is Good Friday & Autism Awareness Day

& National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day

April 4   is Easter

April 5   is Gold Star Spouses Day

April 10 is National Sibling Day

April 15 is Tax Day

April 19 is Patriots’ Day

April 22 is Earth Day

April 29 is International Dance Day

April 30 is Honesty Day