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Rainy Days Jonathan Bielert Fundraiser

Jonathan Bielert Fundraiser

Jonathan received his official diagnosis of Vascular Ehlers Dandros Syndrome (EDS), a rare genetic disease. He has many doctors at Duke but his Geneticist works closely with the Geneticist (Expert) at Johns Hopkins, so he is kept up to date with the latest research; however, there is no cure or treatment at this time.

Jonathan is currently getting disability through Rainy Days and is expecting to hear something from Social Security Disability soon. Jonathan was also able to obtain affordable health insurance through the Marketplace, even though the deductibles are very high and their out of pocket expenses will be a challenge. His wife, Danielle, recently began working with Lowes Home Improvement in the Garden Department. She has also accepted a part-time Customer Service Representative position which pays much better and she will be starting in a week.

Jonathan and Danielle, have met and devised a plan for the EMS Station that details specifics on how to handle an emergency should Jonathan need to be transported to a hospital. There are certain standard procedures that cannot be done on Jonathan and failure to comply with these directions could cost Jonathan his life in the event of an emergency.

The three children have been tested for EDS and they are expecting the results of the tests within the next few weeks. Jonathan spends his time with his family. He has gained back to his original 160 pounds. Some days he does really well and some days are extremely difficult with pain and other symptoms related to this disease.  On the good days, he enjoys working on projects around the house. He built his daughter a night stand and recently completed a chicken coup. On March 1st, they added to their family by bringing home chickens and are ready for fresh eggs. Jonathan and his daughter are also enjoying 4-H together. His garden is plowed and ready for planting. He recently posted a picture of his garden with a message, “Alright spring. I’m ready whenever you are, so hurry up.”

Through the donations that you have given, Jonathan and his family have done well from a monthly budget standpoint. They were even able to pay off most of last year’s debt.

Right now, their biggest financial burden lies with the deductibles and expenses related to their health care for 2014. In time, a treatment will be found. Right now, Jonathan has to be attentive to his body and know when to stop and when to seek medical assistance until a treatment and/or cure can be found.

Danielle wanted to tell everyone how much the donations have helped them. “Through our worst days we never went hungry, cold or unclothed. I am forever grateful for the kindness people showed to our little family. Hopefully we can keep our dreams alive and learn how to live this life without a multitude of tears every day! Reality is hard to accept. Yesterday our oldest son held Jon’s hand a little too tight and caused a vein to bleed, turn his hand purple and swollen which caused him to be in pain for hours, just a child holding his finger. Thank you again for all you have done. We are blessed!”  Danielle


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With spring right around the corner, you may be already thinking about changing plants in and around your home or business landscape.

Why Go Native?

Including native North Carolina plants in your landscape is better for wildlife and for the environment. 

Keep these few tips in mind to build a better landscape that is functional, beautiful and beneficial to the surroundings.

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With the large amount of unexpected winter weather we have been experiencing in our region, it is possible for some homeowners to end up with frozen irrigation pipes, especially if a proper winterization service was not performed on your system.

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Tips for Maintaining Landscape Lighting

The winter months can take a toll on your landscape lighting.  It is important to check your lights periodically to keep them burning brightly.

First, it is important to keep the lenses of the lights clean from dirt and debris. In cases of ice and snow, you will want to clear your light fixtures out from under any accumulation.  Remember to be gentle as you clear away ice and snow to avoid breakage or damage to your lights.  Also, a broom can be used to gently brush away snow on lights that are above ground.

If any bulbs are burnt out they will need to be replaced.

Also, it is important to maintain the proper angle of your lighting fixtures.  Sometimes wind, hail, and rain can cause fixtures to shift position.  By re-positioning the fixtures, the lighting can be redirected to the correct places.

These tips will help to keep your landscape lighting working properly and improve your curb appeal.

Some of these landscape lighting tips are fairly easy to handle on your own.  However, some services need to be handled by a professional. Rainy Days Landscape Lighting offers regular maintenance service contracts.  These maintenance service contracts include checking voltage balance, resetting the timer, replacing burnt bulbs, re-positioning fixtures, re-burying wires, cleaning lenses, and clearing out debris.  Give them a call and keep your system running at peak performance. (919) 779-9285


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Winter Plant Protection

With the recent below-average temperatures and cold weather we are experiencing in the South, some of you might be wondering how to protect plants from winter damage. Using tree wrap or shelters are two possible options to guard against winds, snow and ice. You can also take simple steps to winterize your perennial beds; including proper mulching techniques.

Tree Wrap

Evergreen shrubs, although they seem hardy, can suffer injury during winter due to the harsh conditions, especially from wind. To protect evergreen shrubs from chilling winds, you can purchase commercial tree wraps. The most familiar types of wrap are made of burlap netting, available at a local hardware store. (Keep in mind this is not the same kind of tree wrap used to prevent sun scald on trunks.)

How do you use tree wrap?
One method is to bind up a shrub, “mummy-style”. By wrapping plants with tree wrap in this manner, their limbs are pulled in toward their trunks and supported, so that they won’t snap under the weight of snow or ice. Some plant species such as dwarf spruces and any newly planted evergreens are highly susceptible to wind damage as well, so they should be protected.

While the mummy-style method can be used to protect plants from wind damage, you have another option. You can minimize wind damage to evergreen shrubs by building a shelter around them to fend off the winds.

The burlap wrap can serve to protect shrubs (and small trees) not only from wind, but also road-salt spray. In addition, using chicken wire (if buried a few inches below-ground) can serve to keep pests from nibbling at your plants.

Plant and Shrub Shelters

Being a windbreaker, tree wraps differ from shelters because their emphasis is on the sides, not the tops of plants. Shelters therefore keep out vertically falling snow and ice. If a lot of snow and ice is not in the forecast where you live but you find this method easier, then it is certainly better than not taking any precautions.

Most deciduous flowering shrubs, unlike their evergreen counterparts, provide little visual interest in winter. Yet these shrubs can be damaged by heavy snows or ice storms that snap their branches. To avoid such plant damage, you can build or buy a shelter to house your flowering shrubs. Since most of them provide little visual interest in winter anyway, you have little to lose by hiding them under a shelter.

Three main shelter methods:

  1. You can build shrub shelters out of natural materials.
  2. You can build an A-frame out of lumber.
  3. You can buy a snow frame (available at some hardware stores, etc.).

Shelters come not only in various sizes, but also in various shapes and materials.
The roof will keep excessive snow and ice off your shrubs. This type of housing for your shrubs is made completely from natural materials that can be gathered for free, if you know where to look. Shelters may also assume an “A”-shape or a tepee shape, both of which shed snow and ice well. Furthermore, as an alternative to rustic poles, the building material may be lumber or metal.

Mulching

In perennial flower beds, multiple organic landscaping mulches offer much protection and other benefits. Cedar mulch is discussed here, but there are other options such as pine bark, wood chips, pinestraw, hay or straw. Mulch provides a layer of insulation that helps protect your borderline-hardy plants from the cold. While mulch can be the answer, be aware that there are right and wrong ways to use it. Incorrect usage may end up doing more harm than good. Follow these tips when applying cedar mulch or other organic landscaping materials:

  • When to apply: Apply cedar mulch after there’s been 2-3 days of sustained freezing temperatures. Avoid piling up mulch right around the base of a tree or shrub, as the mulch provides a hiding place for rodent pests, which might gnaw at the trunk. Keep the mulch at least one foot away from the base.
  • How much: Apply 4-5 inches of cedar mulch for winter protection.
  • When to remove: In early spring, begin gradually pulling back cedar mulch away from your perennials, so as not to suffocate them.

*Note that premature application in fall gives rodents a better chance of making a home under your cedar mulch which is something you clearly don’t want! Thus the recommendation to wait for the arrival of freezing temperatures in your area.

*Note also that cedar mulch used for winter protection is treated differently than if you were using it summer for weed control. For the latter use, apply 2 to 2.5 inches. But for winter protection, double that thickness (you want the extra insulation).

Cedar mulch and other organic landscaping materials not only keep the ground warmer for plants in winter, but also reduce the chances of frost heaves, which can damage plant roots. So although there’s work involved in using them, the effort is worthwhile. Here’s how to prepare the area in need of winter protection:

  • Remove weeds and dead annuals
  • Remove diseased stems and foliage on perennials.
  • Leave healthy stems and foliage on perennials.
  • Dig up non-hardy bulbs for storage.

It’s interesting to note that snow cover also helps insulate perennial flower beds, but Mother Nature can be inconsistent. And while plastic-sheeting and landscape fabrics will keep weeds down, they don’t offer much insulation value. Although organic landscaping materials eventually decompose and have to be replaced, their decomposition also has a positive aspect: nutrients are released which can make your soil healthier.

We hope you have found this article helpful as a means to improve your home lawn care this winter. Rainy Days Irrigation is here to  help with irrigation system winterization, which adds an extra layer of protection against the harmful winter precipitation and chilling temperatures.

Have Questions? Give us a call: (919) 779-9285 or Contact Us Today to schedule an appointment!


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Rainy Days Jonathan Bielert Fundraiser

Jonathan Bielert Update

We cannot thank our Rainy Days family, friends and our customers enough for their continued support, prayers, and donations. There is no cure for Jonathan’s condition nor end to his family’s struggle.

We will continue to provide updates on Jonathan and his family here on our blog and in our newsletters.  Since our last communication, Jonathan has had one scare and took the ambulance to Duke but found that there was no internal bleeding, but it was pain associated with his condition. Jonathan’s wife, Danielle, recently shared that things were going better, that Jon had kept positive, was able to eat almost normal again but still has terrible stomach pain. He is getting around better but only for short periods of time. He is also having terrible pain in the back of his head that is constant, which comes from the inoperable aneurysms. Most recently, Jonathan has been experiencing memory loss as well. Some days are okay for Jonathan but two or three days a week he is so miserable in pain and he can barely move. On a good note, a company has adopted Jonathan and Danielle’s family for the Christmas Holidays. The kids will be provided for during the Christmas Season.

Danielle has found what should have been a part-time job, which was supposed to be enough to pay the light bill and other little bills while the fundraiser took care of other expenses such as rent and food; however, she is being scheduled to work 40 or more hours a week. This is impacting the time she has available to care for the needs of Jonathan and the children. With her still in the middle of massive amounts of paperwork, she is having trouble getting everything done. She has requested that her hours be decreased at work and this week, she has seen a small reduction.

The family is happy to enjoy these days together. Danielle is trying to get an appointment for Jonathan with John Hopkins. Should she be able to secure an appointment, the transportation, lodging and expenses with travel will have to be funded through the fundraiser. She anticipates this would only be a two day excursion.

On a personal note, we have been inspired to offer a way for everyone to help Jonathan and his family and have confidence that God will provide for their needs. They are unique and we often refer to them as “Little House on the Prairie”. Jonathan has always been a hunter and sees this as the way to provide meat for his family. He prepares and freezes meat that he kills and provides for the family for most of the year. They also grow their own vegetables and stock pile by freezing and canning. They are a family that doesn’t believe in waste. For this reason, I know that every dollar donated is used wisely and saved for what lies around the corner.

Our customers have been incredibly generous. One customer offered to donate their frequent flyer miles to Jonathan and his wife should they be able to secure an appointment with John Hopkins. Another customer offered to call someone they know in Baltimore that might be able to offer housing for them. An older, dependable minivan was recently donated to the family.

There are several ways we can help this family.

  1. Pray, pray, pray
  2. If you are interested in making a monetary donation, you can do so using the button below.
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  3. You can also make a monetary donation using checks payable to Jonathan Bielert and mail them directly to Rainy Days Irrigation, 115 Sigma Dr., Garner, N.C.  Every dime donated is given directly to the Bielert family.
  4. If you hunt or know someone who hunts and would like to donate meat, call me at 919-779-9285. They do have the facility and equipment to process the meat. They live in Bunn, N.C.
  5. If you would like to make any other donations, feel free to contact me.

Lastly, Danielle has established a Facebook Page titled, “Jonathan’s Journey”. There are several Facebook Sites titled the same. If you select “about”, you will see the Rainy Days Irrigation website listed.

Thank you,
Rainy Days Irrigation

>> Follow on Facebook a chronicle of Jonathan’s journey through finding a connective tissue disorder diagnosis, treatment, and daily struggles.


 

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Professional lighting for your home can provide several benefits. It offers curb appeal and enhanced safety for pathways, walkways and steps. A well lit home can also deliver an added layer of security to deter unwanted visitors. Another benefit is the extension of outdoor living spaces. To enjoy your outdoor space, you need the right lighting that allows you to entertain without providing harsh glare to your guests.

When considering outdoor lighting there are several options to choose from. DIY products are available in big box stores and online. Solar lights are everywhere, but don’t provide a sufficient amount of light output to light a pathway properly. Line voltage lighting is an option, but a licensed electrician must install it and bulbs tend to burn out quickly. (Not to mention a higher electricity bill.)

The obvious choice for landscape lighting is to have low voltage lighting installed by a professional.

Rainy Days Irrigation can handle every aspect from Design, Products, Installation, and Service of your landscape lighting.

DESIGN

Tip #1: Less is more.

When working with a professional designer a needs analysis should be developed to determine the goals for the homeowner. Several things should be taken into account when planning a solution that best suits your needs: Is the lighting for a pathway? Is the purpose for uplighting? Is it to light up an outdoor living space? Do you need to light a deck or steps? Are you interested in festive lighting for entertaining purposes? Rainy Days will find the answers to these questions and provide you with options that will do exactly what you need.

PRODUCTS

Tip #2: Don’t get caught up in how the lighting fixture itself looks.

Most fixtures are buried and you will not see them. The more important thing to consider is the fixture material and what type of effect will it create. Once Rainy Days has established what your lighting needs are, we will choose only the appropriate products to serve the purpose. We base our product choices on the fixture quality, LED or Halogen options, Timing options and how well the transformer will support the system.

INSTALLATION

Tip #3: Experience matters.

After a custom design and professionally grade fixtures are chosen, the installation is the next step. It takes more than a good design and quality products to make sure your new lighting solution meets your needs. A proper installation will reflect the longevity and safety of your new system. Having an experienced lighting professional install the new system, you will enjoy having low maintenance and energy savings. There shouldn’t be any exposed wire or voltage drop and your property should look as good as it did when the installer arrived.

SERVICE

Tip #4: Have your lighting system serviced on a regular basis.

To keep your system running at peak performance, the lighting professional should offer maintenance services or routine plans to check the system at least every year. This includes checking voltage balance, resetting the timer, replacing burnt bulbs, re-positioning fixtures,  re-burying wires, cleaning lenses, or clearing out debris. Rainy Days offers upgrades, maintenance and repair services.

Make the most of your landscape lighting investment.

Have an outdoor lighting expert install your system. You will appreciate the knowledge and experience through every step of the process and for years to come.

Learn more about Rainy Days’ Landscape Lighting and what it can do for your home. See inspirational examples of lighting solutions on our website.

Contact us with any questions or to get started on a custom lighting solution today!


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Published on November 26, 2013, in News.

Rainy Days would like to wish everyone the Happiest of Thanksgivings! There is so much to be thankful for as we all enjoy time with our loved ones on a day filled with food, family and fun.

Do you know the history of Thanksgiving?

” In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.” ( History. com )

“In November 1621, after the Pilgrims’ first corn harvest proved successful, Governor William Bradford organized a celebratory feast and invited a group of the fledgling colony’s Native American allies, including the Wampanoag chief Massasoit. Now remembered as American’s “first Thanksgiving”—although the Pilgrims themselves may not have used the term at the time—the festival lasted for three days. While no record exists of the historic banquet’s exact menu, the Pilgrim chronicler Edward Winslow wrote in his journal that Governor Bradford sent four men on a “fowling” mission in preparation for the event, and that the Wampanoag guests arrived bearing five deer. Historians have suggested that many of the dishes were likely prepared using traditional Native American spices and cooking methods. Because the Pilgrims had no oven and the Mayflower’s sugar supply had dwindled by the fall of 1621, the meal did not feature pies, cakes or other desserts, which have become a hallmark of contemporary celebrations.” ( History.com )


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Because it’s the law!

As well as:

To protect your interests as a consumer.
To use water more efficiently.
To protect our water quality.

According to the irrigation licensure law enacted in 2008 (GS § 89G), no person shall engage in the practice of landscape  irrigation construction or contracting, use the designation irrigation contractor or advertise using any title or description that implies licensure as an irrigation contractor unless the person is licensed as an irrigation contractor.

The Purpose of Licensure:

Protect the health, safety & welfare of the public.
Promote the efficient use of water.

What’s Required by a Licensed Irrigation Contractor?

A licensed contractor must meet these stringent standards to attain
and maintain his/her license:

  • The contractor must meet education and/or experience requirements.
  • The contractor must successfully complete a stringent licensing exam.
  • The contractor must maintain a $10,000 surety bond or $10,000 irrevocable letter of credit to protect the consumers’ interests.
  • The contractor must follow the rules for design, installation, maintenance, repair and management and it is recommended that voluntary Best Management Practices be followed.
  • The contractor must follow a Code of Ethics in all business matters.
  • The contractor must keep current with technology, research, and best irrigation and business practices by completing a minimum of ten hours of Continuing Education yearly.
  • All work must be performed under the direct supervision of a knowledgeable, licensed individual.
  • Renew his/her license annually.

The Goal of Licensure:

Promote water conservation and water quality through the proper design, installation, maintenance, repair and management of landscape irrigation systems.

Rainy Days Irrigation, Inc. holds a corporate license from the NC Irrigation Contractors’ Licensing Board and routinely renews the license every year. Rainy Days also knows the importance of continuing education in the industry where trends, technology, laws and products are changing very rapidly. We keep ourselves informed as much as possible and take the required 10 credit hours of Continuing Education every year – which is more than what other licensing boards require.

Make sure your next requirement when hiring an irrigation contractor includes one that is licensed. Rainy Days Irrigation, Inc. is licensed and there when you need us. Call anytime at (919) 772-9285 or visit our website to learn more about our irrigation services.

A list of licensed irrigation contractors is available at:
www.nciclb.org (You can find Rainy Days’ listing by using the search bar on the Corporate Licensees page.)


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Jonathan Bielert Fundraiser

Rainy Days is not only a business. We are a family, close friends, a team made up of exceptional people who support and care for each other.

Jonathan Bielert is an employee, a member of our family and he needs our help right now. He is currently unable to provide for his family due to the horrible genetic disease Ehler-Danlos Syndrome. We have started this page in an effort to raise funds to help him and his family out in their time of need. Please donate to the cause using the button below. All proceeds go directly to Jonathan Bielert and his family.

About Jon:

30 year old Jonathan Beilert has been married since February 2007 and has three wonderful children ages six, three and two. Aside from his bad knees as a result of his flat feet, he had always been healthy. He is a hard worker and was the provider for his family, which allowed his wife to be home with the children while they are little.

When Jon was only 23, Two short months into his marriage he started to cough up blood while at work. He rushed to the ER to learn he had a softball sized cyst that had ruptured. This caused him to have surgery in which they removed the whole lower left lobe of his lung, and he was diagnosed with emphysema.

A year or so later in 2009, Jon was getting ready for work one morning and he sneezed. At that moment his lung collapsed. Instead of going to work he found himself again in the emergency room. At this time the worry started and the possibility of a genetic cause was put out there, because young healthy men just do not get these types of  problems.

In 2010 while expecting his second child, Jon became sick again. This time it was crippling stomach pains that brought him back to the hospital. After a few hospital trips within two months there were no answers and for then at least no new problems.

2011 came with intense migraines to add to his stomach pains and lung problems. At this point the doctors suspected a connective tissue disorder.  Jon was hospitalized for five days for testing in hopes to find some answers.  With over two hundred types of connective tissue disorders out there and the insurance costs, Jon and his family were only able to pursue a few. The few tests that they were able to get done, all came back negative. Jon and his family were once again left with no answers.

September of 2013 things got much worse. After a week or two of Jon having difficulty breathing and eating, he started having horrible back pain. Again Jon was admitted to the hospital. Now at Wake Med Jon required a life saving angiography procedure to insert coils to stop the internal bleeding  from a ruptured aneurysm in the artery to his spleen. The scans also unveiled his body was now covered in aneurysms and his whole vein/artery structure was compromised. Five days later, while still in the ICU, his mammoral artery ruptured resulting in another procedure. Wake Med was not equipped with the proper equipment or doctors to care for such, so Jon was transferred to Duke where he spent 11 more days. During that time another rupture occurred, this time to the artery leading to his liver. This was a result from his last procedure at Wake Meds and his fragile veins.

Four procedures, three ruptures, four blood transfusions, endless testing and 19 days later Jon was released with genetic tests pending for Ehler-Danlos type 4 (vascular) with a possibility of an even more rare condition. The genetic results will take up to four months to get back. So as of today (October 29th, 2013), Jon and his family are still waiting for the results.

About Ehler-Danlos:

Ehler-Danlos syndrome is a group of connective tissue disorders that affect the amount of collagen your body produces resulting in fragile skin and easy bruising. The vascular form is a more severe type that results in ruptures occurring within the walls of your blood vessels and intestines. The skin and blood vessels are too fragile for stitches and present problems with care. It is an inherited genetic disorder. Children of a parent with EDS type 4 will have a 50% chance of inheriting the disease. There is no treatment. There is no cure.

Although all types of Ehler-Danlos are potentially life-threatening, the majority of individuals will have a normal lifespan. However, those with blood vessel fragility have a high risk of fatal complications. Arterial rupture is the most common cause of sudden death in EDS. Spontaneous arterial rupture most often occurs in the second or third decade, but can occur at any time. The average life-expectancy for Vascular EDS is 48 years.

Jon’s Current Condition

He currently has two large aneurysms in his brain. One in his carotid artery and multiple others including one to his left kidney that if it ruptures it will cost him his kidney. He is very weak from the hospitalization, has blood clots in his lung, and arteries where the catheters were placed which is a result of the disease. Jon continues to have constant pain from the leftover blood in his abdomen, along with difficulty eating and walking.

Jon is currently at home with his family and is to avoid any strain on his body. They are taking it day by day but are finding it hard to adjust to their new life and the unfortunate health issues that are here to stay. There is no cure or treatment for the disease and only in life threatening situations will doctors even try to help him due to his body being so compromised. Any procedure or treatment will only create more problems. For this reason the doctors sent Jon home with brain aneurysms in tact.

Why The Bielert Family Needs Your Help:

Jon was the provider for his wife and three young children. We are holding a fundraiser in his name to help his family. Now that he is unable to work (or even do much less) the Bielert family is having to substitute his income while managing to not only take care of their father and husband, but also enjoy precious moments with him while they are still able too. Please use the donate button below to make a donation to the family if you choose to do so. Any amount that you would like to give is very much appreciated and will be a huge support for the family at this time of need.

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Rainy Days Irrigation, Inc. | 115 Sigma Dr. | Garner, NC | (919) 779-9285
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