Cora’s art moves from regional to state competition!

Our daughter Cora has four of her works of art going on from regional to state judging for entry into the “The Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition”. Next week we’ll find out if any of them will make it through to the state exhibition which will be on display April 23 – May 18, 2017 at the James A. Rhodes State Office Tower. There will be 300 works selected from all across the state for the exhibition and those that are judged in the top 25 will be eligible for scholarships. Awesome job, Cora. You have worked so hard this year!

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Bosch PL1682 3-1/4 in. Planer Review

Originally submitted at CPO Outlets

3-1/4 in. Planer – PL1682-RT


Great planer, great price (refurb)

By Jasbo from Gambier, OH on 8/26/2014
4out of 5

Pros: Good Grip, Easy To Use, Good Safety Features, Powerful, Clean cutting

Best Uses: In The Field, In The Workshop, Gifts, Home Repair

Describe Yourself: Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

I am a DIYer. I used this to plane the tops of joists for a deck ramp that I was building because my joists were slightly out of level with respect to each other (sometimes dimensional lumber widths vary from board to board). It made very quick work out of a job that otherwise would have taken me probably an hour or more by hand. The surface left by the blades is smooth as glass. Very impressive. I also bought this as a refurb, which was a particularly good value.


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How to Highlight Text in Yellow Using Apple Mail

I have been looking for a very long time how to get Apple Mail to highlight text in yellow when composing new email messages.  After searching forums and looking all over the web, I had practically resigned myself that it could not be done.  When I was poking around in Apple Mail, though, I noticed that it had a feature to apply styles to a text selection, so I thought there must be a way to add new styles.  Here is how I managed to add a new “Highlighted Yellow” style that you can use in your e-mail messages.  It’s a little convoluted, but, hey, it works.

[5/3/2016] These instructions have been confirmed to work in OS X Mavericks (OS X 10.9) and OS X El Capitan (OS X 10.11).
[5/31/2012] These instructions do not apply to OS X Lion (OS X 10.7).  There is a bug in OS X Lion that does not persist custom styles as documented at this blog article.

Creating the new Highlight Style

  1. Obtain some highlighted text in a method of your choosing.  I composed an email in MS Outlook on Windows, highlighted some text and then sent that email to one of my accounts in Apple Mail.  You can also simply copy this highlighted yellow text by dragging over it with your mouse and copying to your clipboard.
  2. I copied the text out of that email (or the highlighted text above in step 1) and then pasted it into a new document in TextEdit.

    Highlighted text in TextEdit

  3. I then highlighted the text with my cursor, right clicked and selected   “Font | Styles…”

    Choose “Font | Styles…”

  4.  In the pop-up, click ‘Add to Favorites’, and then give your style a name.  I didn’t check either option to include the font or ruler.

    Add to Favorites

    Name the new style

  5. Click ‘Add’.  Your new style for highlighting is now saved and can be used in Apple Mail by the following steps.

Using the style in Apple Mail

  1. When you are composing a message in Apple Mail, using your cursor simply highlight the text whose background you want to highlight.  Then right click with the mouse and select “Font | Styles…”

    Select Text and Choose “Font | Styles …”

  2. Ensure the “Favorite Styles” option is selected and then choose your new “Highlighted Yellow” (or whatever you named it) style from the drop down list.

    Choose the Style to highlight your text

  3. Click “Apply” and voila!
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