Website Design For Westland Contractors, Inc.

westlandcontractorsincNeil, a representative of Westland Contractors, Inc – contacted us late last week asking about website and e-mail services.  Primarily, he was more concerned about getting professional e-mail accounts setup with a domain name and the website was a second priority.

After explaining our services and prices, Neil was ready to get started immediately to get the e-mail accounts going.  We registered his domain name and setup the website hosting quickly – and got the e-mail accounts established.

Neil then sent us some initial information to start on the website – which also also completed the same day.  In the future, he will have some additional updates to the site.

We appreciate the business from Neil!

The Westland Contractors, Inc website is at

Dismantling Back Garden

Over a month has passed since the last post – July 11th was the last one.  Between a family vacation and other things pulling me away, I haven’t done much gardening.

There hasn’t been a lot going on either.  In the last post, I detailed all of the potatoes being harvested.  Since then, the onions were all harvested and we’ve had a few rounds of some peppers.

I didn’t take pictures of the onions when they were picked, but they were picked and let to dry in the patio for three weeks or so.  This weekend, all of the onions were cut up.  It seems like there were at least 100 onions planted.  In the end, probably about 40 total onions made it through.  Many rotted out at the bottoms (which I’ve always had trouble with) and others died off or didn’t bulb.  One thing is for certain though – most of the onions were much smaller than usual.  I remember choosing the Copra onion variety specifically for the longevity of storage and the very large sizes that others had mentioned attaining.  There were a couple of years where I had good success with having larger bulbs, but this year wasn’t one of them.

Anyways, about a dozen onions were left whole so we can store and use them over the coming months.  We don’t use a lot of onions, but they are nice to put on salads.

Copra Onions

The picture makes them look big, but they aren’t.  And, the rest of all the onions were cut up and put in a gallon zip lock bag:

Copra Onions

A couple of onions were also sliced to put in a crock pot chicken dinner coming up this week.

Next – peppers… lots of peppers.  The seed that I saved some peppers we bought at Aldi are fantastic.  They are juicy and sweet.  Plentiful supply of them too. Prior to going on vacation, I picked a large bowl of peppers.  My wife got them all cut up and put them in the freezer before we left as well.

Upon coming back, the plants were covered with them again!  Here is our variety; we have two California Wonder pepper plants (the bell pepper type) and the smaller peppers are those that came from seed saved from the Aldi peppers.


Well, that takes care of the produce.  We have picked a few minor tomatoes from the garden as well, but those have also been quite disappointing.  The tomato plants have been browning at the bottom so I expect they have a disease.  The goal is to rotate tomatoes between three different places – that way you don’t plant in the same spot for three years.  This helps to prevent disease build-up in the soil like fusarium wilt.  Here is the row of tomato plants:

Tomato Plants

And the row of peppers:

Pepper Plants

It has been a tough few years.  Tomatoes were very poor last year and are poor again this year.  Last year, the deer caused destructive damage.  This year, the same.  They also leveled all of the green beans (although some do remain but no beans).  Onions haven’t been great for a couple of years.  Peas were poor.  It is enough to make someone that has been gardening for years scale back – which is exactly what is happening.  Just yesterday, it was a great day to get outside and do something.  So, I decided it was time to dismantle the back garden.

Back Garden

Boy did I have my work cut out!  When I initially put this garden in, I made a trench to try and level out the first row of cinder blocks.  Then there was one more layer of cinder blocks on top.  Between the ‘holes’ in the cinder blocks, I drove rebar down a good 18 inches or more to keep the cinder blocks from moving.  I also had the fence posts made of rebar that were drove down far.

The hardest part of the situation – getting the rebar out!  Getting rebar out of the ground was not a fun task.  In the end, I was successful with finding a strategy for doing so.

After I removed the two layers of cinder blocks, that exposed the rebar for a good 14 to 18 inches.  I pulled the rebar towards me until the rebar bent.  Then, I took the rebar and started to rotate it in a circle.  By doing so, that caused the piece of rebar to loosen up and expanded the hole it was in.  With a little bit of might, I was then able to pull the rebar out of the ground.

I worked for 3-4 hours on Sunday and got about half of the wall removed.  I’m out of shape since I haven’t done strenuous work in a long time, so I decided that doing half today was good enough for now.

Back Garden

Why remove the back garden?  Well, I’ve not had too much success with growing anything back here.  It is on the west side of the house and the area only got five hours of sun or so each day.  This isn’t enough to grow much of anything.  But, over the years, I have grown peas, cucumbers, potatoes, and tomatoes in this area – and even put onions in the ‘holes’ of the cinder blocks.  But the past couple of years haven’t turned out well for the back garden – and then I just let it get overgrown with weeds.  So it is time to turn it back into a grassy lawn.

Finally, a couple more pictures.  The grape vines are starting to die back.  The birds have had their fill of the grapes so at least the wildlife are getting use out of them.

Grape Arbor

And – at the beginning of the year, my wife and our daughter planted a few things in one of the garden beds on the driveway.  Well, the carrots are still growing and look good!  So I figured I would take a picture of the few carrots that were planted and a picture of our daughter smiling for the blog.


Logo Design for Cryo World LLC

cryoworld-logoTim, the owner of Cryo World LLC, contacted us a few weeks ago for a full range of solutions for his business.

He requested a feature-rich website, a logo design, and also a Flash animation design.

We have been working on his website for a couple of weeks and have the main website completed, although work continues to add in appointment booking and a user portal. During that time, our logo designer also was working to complete the logo for Tim.

Tim provided us valuable information on how he wanted his logo to appear, including a sketch. This tremendously helped our ability to understand what he was looking for.

Today, the logo design was approved and paid and the Flash animation was also added to his website on the top of each page.

We continue to work on Tim’s website.

Website Design For Lloyd Higley Golf

lloydhigleygolfLloyd contacted us several months ago in regards to making a website for him.  Lloyd is a golf instructor serving the greater Chicago area.

He provided us a few websites that he referenced and wanted his website to look like.  Once Lloyd was ready to get started, he placed his order and paid the initial costs for the domain name, website hosting, and initial cost for the web design.

We worked right away to get the site up and running based on the information that Lloyd submitted.  Several changes and modifications were done to the layout and color scheme of the website to meet his expectations.

While we have had scheduling conflicts with speaking with Lloyd to get any last questions answered, he has approved of the website and it was published today.

We appreciate the business from Lloyd!

The website is at

Logo Design For Zhang Ray Designs

zhangdesigns-logoMonique, the owner of Zhang Ray Designs, contacted us about a month ago about our logo design service.

Initially, she was a little suspect about our service since our pricing was very reasonable.  Afterall, she just also got burned from another designer.  She paid another designer $500 in order to create a logo and a simple website for her.  In the end, the designer refused to make any modifications or changes to the logo – and she was stuck with what she got.

Monique wasn’t impressed with the other logo designer and was concerned that we may not be able to meet her expectations.

In the end, Monique decided to move forward since we only require a 20% pre-payment for the logo work – and the final balance is payable only if the customer is satisfied with the work.

Our logo designer worked about a week on the logo and presented Monique with a few mock-up designs.  Immediately, Monique was extremely satisfied with the initial designs – but did ask for a few changes.  However, the initial designs were much more on target for her desired look than what the prior designer provided her with.

After a few more modifications, the logo was completed and approved!

We appreciate Monique’s business and are glad that we were able to gain her trust with our services.

Logo Design For Dwayne Polee Jr

dwayne-polee-logoA current customer that outsources website and logo design work to us, The InnewView Advisors, selected us to create a new logo design for one of their clients, Dwayne Polee Jr.

Dwayne already had a website but needed to have a facelift of his logo.  Our logo designer worked right away on the requested logo and provided several variations.  After just a few minor modifications, the logo was completed and provided to the client.

Website Design For Temple of Light

templeoflightocReverend Danielle, a leader of the Temple of Light Spiritual Community, contacted us a few months ago asking about website design services.

Initially, she was looking at using another web design company that she saw advertised.  When in communications with them, they indicated to look at their website to see examples of their work.

On the other designer’s website, they had a link to one of our customers – Airborne Signs.  As luck of the draw would have, Danielle called that customer to ask about how the designer was to work with.  Airborne Signs provided a very good testimonial to Danielle.  By the time the conversation was done, Danielle understood that Airborne Signs was speaking about us – and not the other company that has a false listing in their portfolio.

Danielle then called and spoke with us about her website needs.  They already had a website, but wanted to re-create the site and ensure that the site was also mobile-friendly.

About a month past and Danielle returned and said she was ready to begin the work on the site.

Over the course of the last few weeks, we worked to get the new site setup.  Danielle completed the finishing touches with adding events to the calendar and adding some of the content to the site.

Today, their new website was just launched and it is ready for business!

The website for Temple of Light is at

Logo Design For Founding Fathers Institute

foundingfathers-logoVictoria contacted us a few weeks back about website and logo design services.  Initially, she was looking for help with making changes to her website but opted to have us create a professional logo for her first.

Victoria provided us exact information on how she wanted the logo and gave us examples and sketches.  This allowed our designer to make the logo to her specifications quickly.

We appreciate the business from Victoria and hope to help with her website soon!