Archives for October 2012
As a member of our city’s local garden club, our work focuses on beautification efforts around city properties. We have planted gorgeous purple flowers all around the police station, have cleaned the front of city hall, and most recently we tore out the old ugly flower bed by the library and replanted.
In this three foot by six foot space, we probably planted over 100 bulbs. Tulips, Hyacinths, Jonquils, and more! We staggered them so they’d bloom throughout the spring, just like This Old House suggests,
Grab a container and plant layers of bulbs that will give you three bursts of color when spring arrives. Choose bulb varieties that flower a few weeks apart, such as crocus, tulips, and daffodils, which will bloom in rotation for up to six weeks.
To fill a container that’s 12 inches in diameter and 12 to 14 inches deep, you’ll want about 9 crocus, 7 tulip, and 5 daffodil bulbs.
I am really looking forward to April and May to see what our new garden does!
A newborn baby boy with its umbilical still attached survived after being found on the doorstep of a house located at the end of a dead-end street. Fortunately, the family’s cat began sniffing around the front door and the curious homeowners opened it to find the little baby. From NBC News.com,
“We’re very fortunate because it got pretty cold last night. If the baby hadn’t been found quickly there’s a good chance the baby might not have made it. But the baby’s fine.”
Forecasters say temperatures were in the upper 40s around the time the baby was found in Corsicana, about 50 miles southeast of Dallas.
We are so very thankful the homeowners found the infant, wrapped in a towel that was in a pillowcase inside a plastic bag inside a handbag.
It’s been awhile since Rockstar Games and Take-Two Interactive have returned to the world of Grand Theft Auto, but the long delay may prove to be worth it in the end. Rockstar Games has announced Grand Theft Auto V will be coming out next year. Apparently, the game will return to the fan favorite location of San Andreas, the Rockstar version of Los Angeles. San Andreas was the setting for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and promises to bring out more open world action.
“Grand Theft Auto V builds on everything we’ve learned about open world game design,” said Rockstar Games founder Sam Houser. “We can’t wait to share it with fans.”
Given Rockstar’s tradition, expect the game in May. Rockstar’s most recent games, from Max Payne 3 to LA Noire and Red Dead Redemption, have all come out in May, so unless they want to break with their recent tradition, the game may be a good summer diversion for those days when it’s too hot to go outside.
We all see them. Magnificent old homes still standing grandly in proud neighborhoods. Farmhouses with wrap around porches. Distinguished cottages and Victorians scattered across the landscape of Americana.
Then we turn into newer subdivisions and neighborhoods and see green stuff growing along the vinyl siding of a house. Porch columns rotting at the bottom. Missing shingles, crooked shutters.
It begs the question, were old houses built better than the newer ones or do people just not take care of their property now? Realtor Richard Weisser of Newnan, Georgia asks interesting questions,
And many of those houses that were “old” back then are still in use today, with new generations taking advantage of their excellent location and “good bones” construction.
But today I often see houses that are less than twenty years old that are falling apart.
How does this happen? Back in the day there were no uniform building codes, mandatory inspections, and little or no civil interference.
Yet today I see subdivision after subdivision of houses on the brink on condemnation.
I do believe sometimes builders took greater pride in their homes of yesteryear. But there are builders now who also take pride in their work. Perhaps it’s a combination of solid bones and homeowners who take care of their property. Either way, I adore walking in a looking at those gorgeous old homes!
For years, dentists have complained about the damage that Halloween does for the teeth of children. All that sugar and whatnot wreaks havoc on the tender dentifrice of the youngsters, causing cavities, tooth decay, and even the terror known as Zombie Mouth! However, there’s a new warrior in the fight against bad teeth, and it’s more powerful than all the dental floss and toothpaste samples that have been dropped into trick or treat bags over the years.
PopCap Games wants to stop Zombie Mouth, and they want your health. Rather than give out delicious candy on Halloween, there’s an alternate option: free games! This Halloween, print out and hand out codes for free Plants Versus Zombies. Just amble on over to StopZombieMouth.com and get the free copies! The codes can be redeemed between October 30 and November 10, so there’s no hurry to get it cashed in just yet (though I’m going to turn mine in as soon as possible).
With some new federal regulations coming next year, home buyers may find it more difficult to get into their new houses. But not everyone agrees that the new rules are necessary. From Bloomberg.com,
Consumer advocates, who question whether high credit standards are really just a response to regulation, say the industry’s fears are overblown.
“All of these rules are reactions to the failure to regulate at all over the last decade,” said Alys Cohen, a staff attorney at the National Consumer Law Center. “The rules don’t need to be in lockstep in order to provide reasonable oversight.”
The next few months will usher in a new implementation phase of the government response to the financial crisis of 2008 as regulators begin to unveil exactly how they will set limits intended to prevent another housing bubble.
Read the rest of the story about what next year will look like for those concerned about qualifying for a home loan.