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Summer Garden in the OC

June 1st, 2011 by

summer-garden-inthe-OCFinally got the summer garden planted this year. Planted a little late because the cold weather carried on later than normal. Soon to have fresh tomatoes, bell peppers, squash, zucchini, cucumbers, strawberries, and artichokes. Can’t wait.

Do you have a summer garden that you plant? What are you planting this year?

Herb gardens are easy to grow if you’ve never planted anything before. Basil, Oregano, Parsley. Onions and Garlic are also quite easy to grow.

If you have deer, rabbits or hungry squirrels, you may consider a small fence of chicken wire. Using one of those garden balloons (with the big eye) can be useful to keep marauding birds from your garden.


I’m considering planting an Avocado tree (something of a luxury here in the OC)

Fresh garden vegetables are so tasty, and good for you too!


Back Pain and Hot Tubs

May 20th, 2011 by

I played competitive tennis in high school and college. I injured by back playing and training and have had severe back pain since for almost 15 years and have not been able to play since.

About 2 years ago I had reached my breaking point and just could not tolerate the pain and discomfort anymore. I had to walk with my head down constantly scanning the ground to avoid unlevel areas and curbs, since they would really aggravate my back and sometimes floor me. Walking up and down handicap ramps was a way of life for me. I went to my MD to get it checked out and hear the dreaded news.

They took x-rays and an MRI. They told me I had 3 compressed and bulging discs. One had burst and was so flat there was less than 1ml of disc left. The bones in my spine were so close together that they were pressing on a nerve and causing the pain and immobility. The doctor gave me some pain medications and a referral to a specialist. The specialist suggested surgery, but the surgery is not guaranteed to work, in fact, it could make the problem worse.

I felt I had to find other options, so during my hunt I came across a brochure for spinal decompression therapy. It is a treatment process that targets the specific damaged discs and attempts to place the body in the position to repair the discs. They do not guarantee results either, but they have had many successful results from previous patients.

I figured I would try it and if it didn’t work, well, I’m back to opting for surgery or looking for other options. The process starts out with heat treatment, then decompression, then electrotherapy, then massage. You must drink plenty of water and be fully hydrated for the process to work.

The decompression is quite an experience. You are strapped to a machine at the torso. You are then strapped to a bench and the machine angles itself to isolate the disc to be treated. The machine slowly pulls and releases your torso and the disc space. Pulling the disc space apart creates a vacuum and forces fluid back into the disc space.

After enough treatments, the fluid will remain in the disc space and the disc itself will seal with the fluid inside. This will keep the bones apart and prevent them from pressing or pinching the nerves. A treatment takes about 1-1/2 hours. After about a year and close to 50 treatments, I now feel great and have had no problems with my back or treatments for over 7 months.

I definitely had my ups and downs during the process. At about the 20th treatment, I wasn’t getting any better and had pretty much lost hope of it working on me. I stuck to it though and a week or two later, I slowly started feeling better.

I now play tennis at least twice a week and feel great. In fact, I just became a certified teaching professional with the USPTA and plan on teaching lessons over the summer! If my back stiffens up, all I really need now is a good soak in my hot tub.

If you would like to know more about spinal decompression therapy, you can look them up on the web at


Silly Hot Tub Cover Warning Labels

May 17th, 2011 by

warning-1Well I’m not surprised that hot tub covers labeling made the list of the annual,

2011 Wacky Warning Labels Contest Finalists!

The finalists have been selected – and they’re crazier than ever!  The 14th annual Wacky Warning Labels™ Contest, which reaches tens of millions of Americans each year, entertains and alarms the nation about the lawsuit-happy culture and the lengths to which companies must go to avoid lawsuits.

The three national winners will be chosen in mid-June and the people who nominated the winning labels will receive cash prizes.

One hot tub cover had the following label statement – “Avoid drowning. Remove safety cover from spa when in use” on a hot tub cover.

Among the other finalist are:

Pens - warning against chewing.

Bikes – stating the riders are professionals despite the image showing kids with training wheels.

Gas Masks – stating they do not supply oxygen.

If you want to vote you can by going to

I voted for the hot tub cover because I couldn’t resist.


My Grandpa John Peloso

May 16th, 2011 by

funeral-flowers-2One of the most confusing and roughest times for us in life is dealing with death. Unfortunately it’s inevitable for everyone and I recently experienced it with the passing of my grandfather on 5/10/2011.

I appreciate all the support that everyone has been giving me at work and all the support of my friends and family. Because of that I am able to come to work and put a smile on my face.

One of the greatest things about my grandpa is his personality. He loved to talk to new people and he welcomed everyone into our family. Maybe that he is the reason that I am in customer service now. I know that he will be looking down on me and helping me along my way and I am just glad for those times that we spent together.

This blog post is dedicated to you, Grandpa ~


Hot Tub Slayer Gets 20 Years

April 20th, 2011 by

Sad story, drug related homicide of her former boyfriend.

Woman Sentenced to 20 years in Scottsdale Hot-Tub Slaying

April 20, 2011 · Published By Student Journalist

killerA 28-year-old Phoenix woman was sentenced Friday by Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Roland Steinle to 20 years in prison for a 2009 Scottsdale hot-tub slaying.

Morgan Leigh Adams pleaded guilty to three felony charges: manslaughter, attempted sale of narcotic drugs and sale of narcotic drugs.  She was sentenced to a five-year probation following her prison term.

On May 14, 2009, a landscaper found the body of 44-year-old Dale Webber in the spa of his Scottsdale home.  The cause of death was initially believed to be a drowning, but the Maricopa County Medical Examiner later found that Webber had been shot, according to court records.

Police records stated that Webber had been dead for a number of days before his body was found.

Adams, who dated the victim for three years and remained in contact with him to purchase oxycontin after their breakup, was arrested in connection with the killing on July 9, 2009, according to court records. Adams was initially charged with 16 counts, including first-degree murder, armed robbery, misconduct involving weapons and narcotic drug violations, court documents stated.

She was held at the Fourth Avenue Jail on a $1 million cash bond, according to court records.

Defense attorney Eric Kessler told Adams’ loved ones before the proceedings began, “There’s nothing I can say that will change the outcome of today.”

Steinle said during the sentencing that “while (the plea bargain may not fully be what the family wanted,” he accepted the plea and believed the attorneys had worked hard on the case.

“I have full confidence… that it was not just to remove another file from the desk,” Steinle said.

Deputy County Attorney Laura Reckart commended the Scottsdale Police Department in “bringing this woman to justice,” calling it a “very difficult case to solve.”

Adams fainted as she walked to stand in front of the judge, causing a brief halt in the proceedings before she gave her final statement to the court.

“I want to send my condolences to the family,” Adams said as she shook.  “When they lost a son and brother, I lost my best friend myself.”

Webber’s sister, Rhonda Long, spoke on behalf of the victim’s family, calling the killing “senseless, unnecessary and cold-blooded.”

“I’m here today with family members to speak for Dale, who can no longer speak for himself,” she said, tears in her eyes.  Her husband David stood behind her and comforted her as she spoke to the judge.

The killing occurred around Mother’s Day in 2009, and the holiday will “always remind (their mother) of the night her youngest son’s life was taken,” Long said.

“I can only hope (Adams) will gain a conscience and someday feel remorse for what she has done,” Long said.

Guest article contributed by Shane McOwen and Kirsten Adams
Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication

What Happens in Las Vegas…

April 15th, 2011 by


Fun Times in Las Vegas

One of the greatest things about working at Hot Tub Works is that the management is understanding when opportunities for a vacation come up. They realize that when a person works hard they also have to play hard too.  :)

Recently I went on vacation to Las Vegas and stayed at The Hotel at the Mandalay Bay. We got one of the V suites so the view was magnificent!! Especially at night when you could see the whole strip light up.

While we were there we spent time gambling (Actually made $200 one day, and lost it the next) and saw The Lion King. That concert was amazing and really brought the story to life. I especially like how the masks would stand up on their head and then cover their face when they acted like they were going to attack.


But the real reason we went was for the ACM Awards Music Fan Jam. Me and my wife are real fans of country music and one of the big names right now in country music is Sugar Land. They were actually the hosts of the event and sang a lot of their songs. The best part of their performance was when they remixed some of the more popular songs from this year.

Basically the way the concert worked is that they showed all the awards from the main ACM Awards broadcast (they were in MGM) and during the commercials they would do some performances. After the ACM awards were over a majority of the big names that were at the event came by and performed a couple of songs.

Some of the people that were there were Little Big Town, The Band Perry, Eric Church, Steel Magnolia, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Casey James (From American Idol) , etc.

The best part of the night for me though was when Rihanna came and performed with Sugarland. It was cool to see country music mixed with some of Rihanna’s style. Another great part of the ACM awards was when Steven Tyler came out during Carrie Underwood’s performance and sang a couple of songs with her. Unfortunately, they were at the MGM so we didn’t actually see them live. The concert overall was one of the best I ever went to. The only down side was that my voice was gone all weekend. :)

Thanks Alea (You have an awesome hair style, amongst other great qualities) and everyone else who made this possible…


What is this Plant Called?

April 8th, 2011 by


These shrubs have grown along the entrance to our building. The flowers are a creamy yellow and they smell just like orange blossoms! Just another perk of working at in spring. My office window looks out behind the shrubs and I can see little birds and the occasional rabbit hanging out underneath. I am glad to see some warmer weather finally!!

If you know what kind of bush this is – leave a comment below!

Enjoy your Hot Tub!

- Julie

Planting Claymores! Gamers

March 31st, 2011 by


The majority of employees here at Hot Tub Works enjoy playing video games. Lately, we have all been playing Call of Duty: Black Ops after work. It can be described as a virtual paint ball game that uses modern weaponry.

It makes for great conversation the next day, when one of your work mates has a really bad game the previous night. Nothing can be worse than getting stuck by a Tomahawk or Semtex tipped crossbow bolt, you will hear about it at work the next day!

These games are played online, with other players, both work buddies, and unknown strangers from all over the world. If you want to join us, look for my screen name: BLACKFOOTED.


Getting Ready for Summer!

March 30th, 2011 by

It would seem that spring has finally sprung here. The blue skies and warmer weather woke me from my winter coma and I realize it’s almost ‘shorts and bathing suit’ season. You know that feeling when you wake up from a deep sleep and realize you have overslept? That instantaneous panic that hits before you are fully awake? That’s how I felt.

So I decided to begin (again…) an exercise and diet program. I am 2 days in and my legs are so sore – let’s just say I am very thankful that there is a ‘handicap’ rail in the ladies room here at Hot Tub Works. I’m hopeful to look like the lovely lady below, very soon!


Speaking of summer coming, I want to share with you two of my favorite products that we carry. The Outdoor Solar Shower and Towel Rack are awesome. I do not have a spa, but I do live near the beach. These items are a life-saver when it comes to keeping sand out of the house. The kids rinse off outside, towel off with clean towels, then hang the beach towels up to dry. And most of the time, the system works. Teenagers, you know?

Hmmm….I wonder if I could get someone from shipping to help me out of my chair?

- Julie celebrates Alea’s Birthday

March 14th, 2011 by

Alea Cozzi is a wonderful person.  It’s really that simple. She’s loyal, smart, funny, kind, authentic, considerate, responsible, supportive, brave, caring, fair, generous, …. and she has great style. I guess you might get the picture.

My life is better because she’s in it. ~ Happy Birthday, Alea!