February is the third and last month of meteorological winter. That means we are almost to spring time. In the mean time watch out for the slippery spots while walking and driving.

2017 Solar Eclipse

Monday August 21, 2017 there will be a total eclipse of the sun, although here in Minnesota it will only be about 83%. It will start around 11:43 am and end at 2:29 pm. The maximum or middle of the eclipse will be at 1:06 pm.

Check out the NASA website for more information on the event.

Remember do not look directly at the eclipse and have a good lunch hour that day.

Mariah’s Miscellaneous Musings

Easter is coming up next week so why not try out this natural egg dye. Those store bought kits use artificial food coloring which is not good for you, so here is an alternative  to avoid the chemicals.

The natural dyes will make their own pattern on the eggs but you can always wrap twine around the egg or even wrapping the egg in a leaf and securing with a cheese cloth.  Be creative and make some unique creations. Happy egg dying !






What you will need

  • 1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar per color
  • Hard boiled eggs

Color Options- You can choose what ingredients based on which colors you would like

  • 2 cups roughly chopped, raw beets (red/pink)
  • 2 cups blueberries, crushed (blue/purple)
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric (yellow/gold)
  • 2 bunches of spinach (green)


  1. Put 1 colors ingredients into a small pot with 2 cups of water and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce the heat and let it simmer, covered, for 10 minutes.
  3. Strain the solution to discard any solids
  4. Add the vinegar and let the solution cool until it is warm or room temperature.
  5. Once cooled, submerge the egg into the dye and turn to evenly coat.
  6. You can either do the single color or wipe dry and dip in another color to create a new hue


*To get a darker richer color, leave the eggs soaking for longer*

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

United Operations, Inc. wishes you all a happy and safe St. Patrick’s Day.

The Holiday Season

I know this is a maintenance reminder newsletter but once in a while I like to take a break from the day to day business stuff. Why? Because I think it is healthy for us personally and I think it makes us more productive at our jobs when we return. There are actually companies that shut down for a period of time to force people to take time off.

So if you have decided to spend a little less time shopping during this holiday season then spend the extra time with family. You could go sledding, play board games, cook a meal together or a number of other things. Don’t let the economy get you down. Put it on the back burner and have some fun.

United Operations wishes everyone Happiness, Joy, & Peace this holiday season and a Happy New Year.