The 1st Avenue Wine House in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

The 1st Avenue Wine House is aptly named as it is located at 3412 1st Avenue NE in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Owners Ron and Traci Weber opened the business in an old three level house in October 2003.

At the 1st Avenue Wine House there is an enormous selection of wines. There is a wine for every palate and price range. If you go in with an idea of what you like, they will help you find something that suits your tastes. If you don’t have the first clue about wine, they will be more than willing to help you by giving you a sample or explaining whatever you don’t understand.

At the 1st Avenue Wine House there is a wide selection of gourmet food and cheeses. There are a number of different kinds of cheese from Wisconsin, California, Canada, or overseas choices from Spain, France, Holland, Denmark, and England. For something different and special try the year-aged Swedish Cheddar with Currant Vodka.

There are also French pates, cheese stuffed olives and/or red peppers from Austria, and soups from Turtle Island.

If you have a sweet tooth, try some of the jams and jellies from Campagna, Robert Rothschild Farms, Earth & Vine, or Lollipop Tree. You could also grab some dessert mixes from Gourmet Village.

If you are in a snacking mood, pick up some dips or a cheese-ball from Monks Meadow & Amelia’s. The Antipasto from Splendid Spreads is a great treat too.

The First Avenue Wine House is partnered with Taylor-Made Gift Solutions. If you aren’t good at putting together a gift or if you are not sure what kind of gift to choose, let Taylor-Made Gift Solutions come to the rescue. They are located at the 1st Avenue Wine House and specialize in gift baskets. They offer creative gift solutions for all occasions.

Taylor-Made baskets can be delivered in the Cedar Rapids area. There is a $5 delivery fee added to baskets under $100. There is no delivery fee for baskets over the $100 price range. Ask about shipping options if you are wanting to send a gift to someone from out of town.

The next upcoming event at the 1st Avenue Wine House is September 25. It includes a wine tasting and live music by Billy Heller. Cost is $20.00 at the door. You can receive $5 back with a purchase of two bottles of wine.… Read the rest

NewAir AW-210ED Wine Refrigerator Review


The NewAir AW-210ED is a 140-watt wine refrigerator. You can use it to store up to 21 wine bottles. You can find it for an average price of $220. Keep reading to learn about some of the features that it offers.


The NewAir AW-210ED wine refrigerator is fitted with an LED display and digital, touch-button controls. There are two cooling zones, each with its own temperature control. Therefore, you can store both white and red whites at their ideal temperature. The upper zone is suitable for storing white wines, while the lower one is designed to store red wines.


Both the upper and lower zones have their own glass door so you can see your collection inside. There is also an interior blue LED lighting system so you can see inside more clearly. The LED lighting avoids the problem of additional heat brought on by using incandescent bulbs.


The NewAir AW-210ED wine refrigerator features a solid-state thermoelectric cooling system. Since there is only one moving part, the fan, the unit produces little vibrations and noise. This means you won’t be disturbed if you keep it in a busy room. You also don’t have to deal with replacing refrigerant occasionally.


The NewAir AW-210ED is equipped with seven racks to store your bottles. These chrome-plated racks, while stylish, are designed to provide a stable resting place for your bottles. The upper zone has two racks for a six-bottle capacity, while the lower one has five racks for a 15-bottle capacity.


The NewAir AW-210ED is a free-standing unit with chrome door handles. It measures 13.5 inches wide, 32.25 inches high, and 20 inches deep. It weighs 46 pounds.

The NewAir AW-210ED wine refrigerator has two distinct cooling zones, so you can store both red and white wines at their ideal temperature. The upper zone can hold six bottles, while the lower one has a capacity of 15 bottles. Thanks to the two glass doors and blue LED lighting system, you can easily see your wine collection from the outside. Thanks to a solid-state thermoelectric cooling system, the unit produces little noise too.… Read the rest

Miss Lady Bug Goes to a Tea Party

Precious little lady bug,
Won’t you come over for a sip of tea?
“Goodness gracious yes,
You are so kind to me.”

“Precious little lady bug,
My tea party will be grand.
The mouse, the chipmunk, and the sparrow,
Will all be on hand.”

“You’ll have a delightful time.
We’ll be having crumpets for dessert.
I’m sure you’ll have such fun.
Why, I’ve even invited Mert.”

“Mert is my best friend.
Mr. Groundhog you are so kind.
I’m thrilled at your invitation.
I’ll bring over a bottle of wine.”

“You are so considerate Miss Lady Bug.
The party shall commence at two.
Come as you are and enjoy the fest.
There’s nothing else you need to do.”

Ms. Lady Bug had a wonderful time.
The tea party was a success.
And best of all she received glowing compliments,
About her fancy, new, black and red dress.… Read the rest

Tips for Learning Computer Programming on Your Own

Several college majors and classes provide you with the learning tools for computer programming. With a website being one of the most important tools for business marketing, small businesses need some basic programming skills to work with a dynamic web application. You can upload a site, but this gives you no option for setting up a shopping cart, dynamic content, password protected areas, or user interaction on your website. Here are some tips for learning basic computer programming without signing up for computer programming classes at your local college.

Grab a Simple Beginner Programmer Book

Books are one of the main ways to learn computer programming at your own pace and without the stress of grades and assignments. Most programming books have some practice code for you to enter into your programming editor, so you can follow along. If you are an intermediate coder, this gives you the option to read through the easier sections without doing the practice code. Work quickly through these sections until you get to the harder code where you can practice more advanced programming concepts.

Time Each Learning Module

Part of the process to learn computer programming is practice. If you decide to learn a specific programming language, keep up with the modules and don’t let too much time lapse. If you learn one module and wait a month to learn the next, you may need to re-learn the previous section. Take time each day or every other day to read a little bit of the modules. Perhaps read a module and do the practice code on the following day.

Check Local High Schools for After-Hours Classes

Check local high schools for adult learning classes. These are not as demanding as a college class, and you only need to attend once or twice a week. These are beneficial for people who don’t learn material as well from books as they do from an instructor. Most of the teachers work in the industry, so you learn from someone who has hands-on experience and works as a professional coder. The classes only last for a few weeks, and they are an affordable option if you do not have the money for expensive training.

Keep Practicing

Since computer programming is all about learning a new language, keep practicing to ensure you don’t forget. This goes for any language such as C#, VB.NET, PHP, SQL or even simple HTML. The more you practice, the more advanced your skill set becomes and you can create, edit and manage any website or desktop application.… Read the rest

Teachers Surprise

I had studied all night

With so much to get right…

And it all crambed up in my head.

When the test had begun

I couldn't wait to get done,

But the questions all looked kind of blurry.

The teacher said stop!

You could hear a pin drop,

And I chanced turning my head.

To the boy in the back,

Who really had quite a knack…

Of making the teacher quite surly.

With his head down,

He failed to see us gather round,

As the teacher planned to get even.

And with a big snake.

She laid into place,

We were sure that he wouldn't remember,

To open the door

As he flew across the floor,

And disappeared with out a second for reason… Read the rest

Gardner: A Sonnet for Teachers

What have thy loving hands to bestow,

On barren fields none ever pough?

What I observe to be persisting toil,

Immersing seeds in embracive soil.

As plants grow misfortune may impose upon,

Yet thy tenderest care alone shelter on.

Sweat thou spreadest be the nourshing rain,

Penetrates aridity and sooths withered veins.

Paths thou followest prosperous with vivid blooms,

As if bleakness is condemned to its eternal dooms.

I cherish the fruits of thy assiduous deeds,

The flowers of tomorrow shall never cease.

O! If thou dream of roots shall someday from earth free,

Then, the gardener of human minds must thou surely be.… Read the rest

Mother's Teachings

Mother would have been satisfied,

Had her life and family been perfect.

Alas! This is mortality…and we, mere mortals.

Yet, even though her goading belittled

And often wounded her loved ones,

Are not the qualities I love most within myself

The result of her berating?

True, I still cannot keep a clean house

But I can keep a promise.

I may have dirty countertops

But my tongue is clean enough.

And my curtains may not hang so straight,

But my heart is honest and true.

These lessons I learned well at my mother's knee

As well as kindness, love and courtesy.

And, after all, my house I leave behind

While these others I carry into eternity.… Read the rest

Digital Scrapbooking – What Type of Scrapper Are You?

I have been involved in the world of Digital Scrapbooking for over five years now, and it has been my observation that there are basically two distinct kinds of scrappers. While some variation and crossover does occur, people seem to either be photo scrappers or design scrappers.

Photo scrappers will get one or more of their photographs together that they want to use, and then look for materials to design a layout around them. They look for colors and presentation styles that match the photos, either by color scheme or content of the events depicted.

Design scrappers, on the other hand, often design a layout they like and then look for photos that will fit that design. Certainly, there are many people who do both, but most people tend to fall primarily into one category or the other.

It can perhaps be surmised that mothers (and grandmothers) of small children, who are constantly taking pictures of their little darlings, and archiving the precious moments of their family’s special times tend to fall into the photo scrappers category. Certainly anyone who has a special event to scrap, such as a wedding, birthday party, graduation, trip to the beach or what have you, will also be a photo scrapper, at least at that given time.

But what type of people fall into the latter category?

In general, artists are more likely to create a design just for the sake of the design and use the addition of a photo or two as a means of showing it off. Like many digital designers, I fall into this category. I make designs because I like them, and often have a hard time finding a photograph that fits it. Nevertheless, people who use my designs often have the perfect photo in mind to scrap when they run into my design. As an artist, I like this, because it means the final totality of the creation is better than than what I could have created myself, not having the perfect photos for it.

In the world of digital scrapbooking, this tendency is a good thing. The artists who are creating their designs often do not have photographs in mind while doing so. But those who are browsing through the catalogs often do. This merging of the two types of scrapper has the delightful advantage of producing final layouts that show off both the design and the photos to excellent advantage.… Read the rest